- Fixed Fees
We at Andrews & Monroe Solicitors charge a fixed fee rate for one off pieces of work. This means that the work would involve us looking at a small amount of for example, just a single contract.
We would discuss the matter with the client and we would provide written advice. Our standard charge for this service is £600.
- Other Matters
Andrews & Monroe solicitors charge a fixed standard hourly rate of which you will be advised about at the beginning of your case. The rate used to be £303 per hour, but it has had to be increased to 360 per hour.
The amount of work to be carried out will determine the quote you obtain for the work done.
We reserve the right to change our hourly rate.
We always discuss with you the client exactly what we will do for the price quoted.
Below we have explained different types of cases and the potential costs. All costs quoted exclude VAT.
Factors that may turn a simple case into a complex one:
- Defending any claim.
- Defending a case where the other side is a litigant on their own without a lawyer.
- When the case is complex from the beginning. For example, a tribunal case that involves whistle-blowing and discrimination.
- Where there are a large number of witnesses or experts.
- Attending a hearing, whether a tribunal or court hearing has its own additional costs and at times if a barrister has to be used. The barrister’s will have to be paid.
It is important to understand there is always a fee for issuing a claim (except the tribunal). There may be a fee for a court application and or/ hearing.
- Employment Cases
In a very simply employment case which settles early, with a short agreement to be executed between the parties, you may be charged a fixed fee of £600.
A more complex settlement agreement, you may find yourself paying £2,000 to £3,500. It really depends on the complexity of the case and whether or not the solicitor involved has to negotiate on your behalf.
In terms of litigation for example if you have a dispute regarding the fact that you have been unfairly dismissed or you have been discriminated against, you will be charged the hourly rate unless you want a single piece of advice.
There are disbursements, by this I mean payments in relation to postage or barristers fees. If a barrister is used you will be told beforehand and advised of the costs. The standard 20% VAT charge will apply to disbursements. You may be expected to pay large barrister’s fees in complex cases, such as barristers’ charges in advance. You will know the fee to be charged in advance.
Litigation prices vary depending on the case:
Simply case can cost you £2000 – £3,000
Medium complexity case £3,500 – £15,000.
Complex employment case £15,500 onwards.
What costs money is a full blown hearing! We try our best to see if we can settle your case to avoid a hearing. This really however will depend on the other party and how acrimonious the dispute is.
The stages of the claim:
- Taking initial instructions.
- Acas conciliation where we try to see if there is a middle ground to settle.
- Drafting a claim and issuing the claim
- A response from your opponent
- Notification of a preliminary hearing
- Trying to agree the list of issues before that hearing
- Preliminary hearing, if lucky the tribunal provides directions.
- Schedule of your losses.
- Exchange trial lists
- Witness statements
- Trial bundle
- Hearing date
- Preparation for trial – lots of documents will need to be prepared. The most important the witness statements and trial bundle. Instruct a barrister if deemed necessary.
- More complex case a barrister will be used earlier than at the final hearing.
The hearing and its preparation are what costs the most when litigating; which is why we try and settle early.
How long your case will take depends on what tribunal your case is issued. There is a huge backlog in the cases in Croydon, Watford and Central London Employment Tribunal. They just would not openly make such admissions. Your case can realistically take a year to 18 months from start to finish because of the tribunal backlog.