We provide advice and assistance to both employers and employees in all aspects of employment law including the following areas:
We act for clients defending or pursuing employment tribunal claims and appeals. These include unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, or other claims. Where a claim is not a straightforward unfair or wrongful dismissal matter, but includes another element such as
whistleblowing or discrimination, these are complex claims.
The following key stages of a claim fall under our standard fees:
Each claim is different and so the not all of the above stages will be required. If this is the case, then the standard fee will reflect this. There may also be elements of the claim that you are able to handle yourself, with some advice and/or assistance from us for other stages. This can be tailored according to your requirements.
In some cases, there will be the need for some extra work, for example, in respect of additional applications or dealing with other parties where there is a multi-party claim. In these cases, our fees will be higher.
Our fees are generally based on our hourly rates. In some cases, a fixed fee agreement may be better suited, and this is something we are able to offer for some work.
Our hourly rates are as follows:
Partner: £475 plus VAT (£570 including VAT)
Senior Associate: £350 plus VAT (£420 including VAT)
Associate: £250 plus VAT (£300 including VAT)
Trainee Solicitor / Paralegal: £150 plus VAT (£180 including VAT)
The current prevailing rate of VAT is 20%.
These charges exclude disbursements such as Counsel’s fees and other third-party expenses, which are payable in addition to our fees.
A claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal will be more often than not, a straightforward claim. If there are other elements attached to the claim, for example, discrimination or whistleblowing, or multiple parties involved, the claim will increase in complexity and in turn the costs will also increase. We have set out estimated costs for claims of three different levels of complexity:
These estimated costs are on the basis that the claim would proceed to the final stage, that is the final tribunal hearing. In reality, most claims are settled prior to reaching the final hearing, resulting in lower costs.
If the matter does progress to a hearing, the length of the hearing will depend upon the complexity of the case. This will rage from 1-2 days in simple matters, to 5 or more days for highly complex matters. Fees will be incurred for each day of the hearing for both the attending solicitor and
The level of counsel’s fees will depend upon his/her experience. Counsel’s fees for the hearing will usually comprise of a brief fee which includes the costs of preparation, the first day of the hearing, followed by “refresher” for all subsequent days following the first day.
An example of counsel’s fees are as follows:
If settlement is reached at the Early Conciliation stage, it is likely that the matter will be resolved within a few weeks. If, however, the matter progresses through to a Tribunal Hearing, it may take up to 18 months to reach a resolution.
Tony Vieira is the partner in charge and the principal fee earner for employment matters, he is a solicitor who qualified in 2002.
In many cases, employment matters overlap with other areas of law including corporate governance, shareholder rights, director’s duties and corporate restructuring. Should this be the case we can arrange a multi-disciplinary approach drawing on the experience of a variety of professionals to find the ideal solution.
We’re committed to delivering the highest level of service, alongside fair, honest, and professional advice. Our job is to make your life easier, at every stage of the process. We’re ready to help you with any aspect of dispute resolution.
Here are just some of the reasons to choose Ackroyd Legal for your dispute resolution requirements:
Our specialist teams can handle a range of commercial disputes, from property disputes and litigation, through to breach of contract and breach of trust. We’ll take the time to understand your objectives and reach a solution that’s right for you.
Boardroom disputes can be extremely problematic for your company, partnership, or LLP. We’ll use our experience and expertise to help you resolve boardroom disputes quickly.
If something’s gone wrong as the result of professional negligence, we can support you in bringing a claim against a professional, including solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers, and engineering professionals.
If you’re raising a dispute with a financial services provider, for negligence, breach of contract, mis-selling, or misrepresentation, we can help. Our experts will provide technically accurate, cost-effective advice to secure the best possible outcome.
If you believe that you have an interest in the estate of the deceased, but weren’t named in the Will or Trust, you may be able to contest it. We’ll help you establish if you have a valid claim and advise you on the next steps.
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