The fees charged by an Employment Lawyer will vary, depending on a number of factors. These are likely to include who the Lawyer or Solicitor is, their level of qualification, experience and the complexity of the case in question. In addition, some Employment Lawyers may charge fees at an hourly rate, while others may offer a fixed fee service and some may be prepared to act under a "no win, no fee" arrangement.
Some clients prefer the transparency of a fixed fee option, as that way they can know exactly where they stand right from the start, while others may prefer to instruct someone on an hourly rate because it suits the nature of their claim. At the end of the day it's down to personal choice.
When researching Employment Lawyers it's a good idea to not look at price alone, but to also look at exactly what is included in the service offered so that you know you're choosing the right Employment Lawyer for you. Do your research and, if you decide to go for a fixed fee option, compare some like for like quotes before taking an instruction forward.
Co-op Fixed Fee Employment Solicitors
At Co-op Legal Services, we offer a range of fixed fee services for Employment matters, starting from just £120 for a 30 minute initial telephone assessment of your claim. At every step of the way, you can then choose whether or not to instruct us to take the next step with you, putting you in control throughout your Employment claim.
Our Employment Solicitors can provide legal advice, guidance and representation on the following issues:
- Bullying / harassment at work
- Issues with pay and holiday pay, or bonus disputes
- Unfair or constructive dismissal
- Discrimination at work
- Grievance and disciplinary hearings
- Settlement agreements
- Employment contracts
- Employment Tribunal hearings
- Redundancy or TUPE
- Restrictive covenants
During your initial £120 phone appointment, you can explain the details of your situation to an Employment Solicitor who will provide you with legal advice and guidance on the best way for you to proceed.
If you then want to progress the matter further, an Employment Solicitor can conduct a comprehensive review of your documents and provide you with a written investigation report. This service is also offered on a fixed fee basis, which is £630 for standard claims or £1260 for more complex claims.
The next stage would be to carry out settlement negotiations either directly with your employer or through ACAS Early Conciliation. You can choose to represent yourself in these negotiations, or you can seek representation from an Employment Solicitor who will negotiate your settlement on your behalf. At Co-op Legal Services, our Employment Solicitors' fees for this service start from £420.
So, as you can see, you can decide at each stage of your claim whether you would like to instruct us to progress the claim further, so that you know exactly where you stand all the way through.
Third Party Fees
Sometimes it may be beneficial to your claim to instruct the services of a third party, who may charge an additional fee. This fee would be a disbursement, which would be payable in addition to our fees. This may be the case if we call in an expert witness, for example. If there is a chance that any additional or third party fees may be incurred at any stage, then we would never go ahead with this activity without consulting with you and obtaining your permission beforehand.
Once we have provided a written quote for the work to be carried out on your Employment claim, then that price will not change, unless the original information we are given is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change.