In general pricing and pricing parameters will be discussed in an initial telephone conversation which is typically free of charge.
Price estimates will depend on the nature, complexity and urgency of the particular matter and will be based on Daniel Oakland’s charge rate of £300 per hour.
For some areas of work, in particular non-contentious drafting matters, a fixed price may be agreed. Likewise, for uncomplicated and uncontested settlement agreements it is generally the case that we will try to keep our costs within the limited contribution paid by the employer.
If you are an employee then a number of funding arrangements may be possible with claimsin the Employment Tribunals, and we will explore whether no win no fee arrangements or insurance-backed representation will be possible.
If you are an employer it is generally the case that costs will be based on agreed hourly ratesor agreed fees.
Charges for both bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims will depend on anumber of factors, including the type of claim (eg. simple unfair dismissal or complex discrimination or whistleblowing), the number of witnesses involved and the likely length of the final hearing. The figures set out below are based on a claim which proceeds all the way through to a hearing. The fact is that the majority of claims will settle at some time before the hearing, and so costs will vary according to when and whether settlement is achieved.
The price estimates below are an indication of the likely ranges of fees that we charge:
Our indicative pricing for bring and defending Employment Tribunal Claims is as follows:
The indicative fees set out above cover the work in relation to the following key stages of anaction:
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, our fee may be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged, depending on your individual needs.
The fees set out above would not ordinarily include any enforcement proceedings (where necessary) following a successful Employment Tribunal claim, nor an appeal you may wish to make against the judgment of the Employment Tribunal.
The above is not intended to be exhaustive lists and the specific circumstances of each case may mean that other factors will influence the complexity of each case. If a settlement is able to be reached in your matter at an early stage, our fees are likely to be significantly reduced.
There may be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing (if it is necessary for us to attend with your instructed barrister) of approximately £500 – £1,000 per day (excludingVAT). The length of any Tribunal Hearing will depend on the Tribunal’s scheduling of the Hearing and the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as (but not limited to) court fees or barrister’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
In the majority of cases taken on by Oakland & Co, advocacy will be undertaken by DanielOakland who is an experienced advocate and a qualified (albeit non-practising) barrister. Thefee estimates set out above assume advocacy is undertaken by Daniel Oakland. In morecomplex or multi-day hearings a barrister may need to be instructed. When we instruct abarrister on your behalf, there is usually an initial charge (called a brief fee) to cover preparation and the first day of any court hearing. Fees for each additional day will then be payable thereafter (these are called ‘refreshers’). A barrister’s fee may also include expenses such as travel/overnight accommodation (if this is necessary).
The level of fee will be dictated by a number of factors including the individual barrister’s seniority, the complexity of your case and the length of the Final Hearing.Barrister's brief fees are usually between £1,000 + VAT (for a very simple case) to £8,000 + VAT or more (for a more complex matter).
Refresher fees are usually between £750.00 + VAT (for a junior barrister) to £5,000 + VAT(for a senior barrister) per day.
Please note that the above is just an estimate and we would be able to discuss this with you ingreater detail once we know further details about your claim.
VAT is payable on barrister’s fees in the same manner as that outlined above in respect of ourfees.
There is no longer any issue fee payable for submitting a claim within the EmploymentTribunal.
There are some other disbursements that may be applicable in certain cases. Some of thesedisbursements are listed below:
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved and the complexity of your case.
We give you some examples below of the likely timeframe to resolution, dependent upon thetime at which your case concludes:
The above are just estimates and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
The timeframe in which your matter is concluded will also depend upon the timeliness of responses from the Employment Tribunal which can be affected by their capacity at any given time.
For more information on our services and funding, please email us at email@example.com or call us on 020 7722 7257.