SRA Transparency rules: costs information.
We are required by our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to provide price transparency guidance. The SRA rules aim to make sure consumers have the information they need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be.
The rules require all regulated law firms, and individual freelance solicitors who publish as part of their usual business that they offer certain services, to publish information on the prices they charge.
At the outset of a case, we will give you an estimate for the case based on the particular circumstances of the case at that time for example, whether there are likely to be any preliminary
issues to deal with, such as whether the claim is out of time; the likely number of witnesses; and the complexity of the case in terms of the various legal arguments likely to be required.
The individuals who will work on your case.
At ConwayMcColl Solicitors we specialize purely in employment law and each solicitor has been qualified for between 11 and 21 years. Details of each of our solicitors can be found on this website “About us/Who we are” and via the Law Society’s website ‘Find a solicitor’ https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/
In respect of SRA guidance our pricing for bringing and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal including representation at any Hearing for unfair or wrongful dismissal our guide pricing is as follows:
Simple case: £4,500 – 10,000 plus VAT
Medium complexity case: £6,500 – 20,000 plus VAT
High complexity case: £15,000 -£35,000 plus VAT
The costs would likely be less than those set out above if your case were to settle before the final Employment Tribunal hearing; this would depend on what stage proceedings were at, at the time of settlement.
Our current hourly rates are £195/£200 per hour + VAT.
Please note the rate of VAT will be set by the applicable legislation, currently 20%.
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
- Attending preliminary or remedy hearings.
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person (this means a party that is representing themselves, does not have a legal representative).
- Making or defending a costs application.
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
- The number of witnesses and documents.
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim.
- Allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal.
- There may (in addition to the costs set out above) be additional charges for attending a Tribunal Hearing. For example, for obtaining expert medical advice or travel costs.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barrister’s fees.
Estimate of barrister’s fees (which will depend on the experience of the barrister) for an unfair or wrongful dismissal case:
- Brief fee, means preparation for hearing and representation at first day of hearing:
between £1000 + VAT to £3000 + VAT; and
- Refreshers (if applicable) means each day for attending a Tribunal hearing after the first day,
between £500 + VAT per day to £1,750 + VAT per day.
These fees are included in the total costs estimates outlined above. All fees and disbursements will be discussed with you before being incurred.
The above fee guidance excludes the following, which arise in some cases:
- Complying with Tribunal Orders, other than standard directions for disclosure of documents, preparation of bundles and exchange of witness statements.
- Instructing expert witnesses.
- Preparing for and attending a separate Remedy Hearing.
- Making or opposing any appeal.
The fees set out above cover (if applicable) all the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change);
- Drafting the claim or response;
- Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the opposing party;
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
- Preparing bundle of documents;
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be altered accordingly.
The fees above do not include work undertaken prior to a claim being commenced for example, correspondence regarding settlement negotiations and Acas Early Conciliation. Neither do the fees include any appeals for example to a higher court following receipt of a decision from the Employment Tribunal. However, the cost of all work we undertake is discussed and agreed at the
outset of the matter.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage your case is at when you instruct us, pressures on the Employment Tribunal or court system itself and if the claim settles, the stage at which it settles. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing in and Employment Tribunal as guidance only this could take 6-18 months depending on type and length of the hearing. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses. The effects of Covid-19 may also impact this timescale.
Last updated 15.01.21