We operate a fair and reasonable pricing policy. our firm works primarily by way of fixed fees in most cases after understanding the facts of the case in question.
Whenever possible we will give you a detailed breakdown of the estimated total costs, whether these are our own fees or for disbursements (associated expenses payable to third parties). Examples of these are: Court fees, Expert reports, NHS fees (HIS surcharge), Visa application fees, Interpreting (all languages), Translation of documents, Competency in English language examination, UK NARIC, postage and photocopying (where necessary). we are unable to confirm these costs until we are formally instructed to act for you in your case.
In litigation matters, you may be able to recover your costs from the opposing party if you win your case.
Range of fees
|Initial Consultation (I Hour)
|Uncontested divorce – Petitioner
|Uncontested divorce with children/financial remedy-Petitioner
|Uncontested divorce – Respondent
|Uncontested divorce – Respondent with children/financial remedy
|Contested divorce – per stage
|Children Act 1989 Applications
|Contested Children Act Applications – per stage
|Children Arrangement Orders Application – Uncontested
|Children Arrangement Orders Applications – Contested per stage
|Non Molestation Order
|Financial Remedy – per stage
EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FEES
We have set out below the issues you need to consider in relation to Legal Fees and disbursements for presenting or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal.
Our legal Fees cover all the work required to handle your case from instruction to conclusion.
a. Legal fees
Legal Fees are the amount you will be required to pay for all the work performed by us in actioning your instructions from commencement of your case to conclusion. Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will be based on the amount of time it takes. The work will be undertaken by Anthony Ebube a solicitor with over 14 years qualified experience. During that time he has undertaken a number of tribunal claims. His charge out rate is £300 per hour.
b. In addition, there may be other claims that may be brought such as discrimination or equal pay which will impact on your legal fees. An estimate of our pricing for bringing and defending dismissal claims (unfair or wrongful) including attendance at a Tribunal hearing depending on the complexity of each case is
Complexity of case
Range of hours (Hrs)
Range of fees (£)
08 – 12
£2,400 – £3,600
12 – 30
£3,600 – £9,000
30 – 60
£9,000 – £18,000
If your matter becomes complex ( see below) our fees may increase further, and we will notify you in advance of any increased costs.
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £650-£1250 per day. Generally we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.
If at any stage our fees change, we will notify you and discuss the reason for any changes. This will typically occur if you change your instructions or your case involves an unforeseen complexity.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as experts. The fee on average ranges from £800-£1,500; the amount charged by experts would depend on the number of factors such as:
- Area of expertise
- Years of experience
Depending on the complexity of the case, we may engage the services of a Counsel by way of briefing for opinion to advise on the merits and prospect of success before proceeding with the case. Counsel’s fees for opinion ranges between £500- £900 and £800 – £1,500 per day (depending on the experience of the Counsel) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. (there will be an additional charge for their preparation time)
Stages of the process
The precise stages involved in unfair or wrong dismissal claims vary according to the circumstances. We have set out the key stages of a standard transaction:-
∎ 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)
∎ Undertaking regulatory checks.
∎ Entering pre-claim conciliation (ACAS Early Reconciliation Certificate) where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
∎ Preparing ET1 Claim Form and the Grounds of Claim.
∎ Analysing the Respondent’s ET3 and responding to the Grounds of Resistance.
∎ Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.
∎ Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
∎ Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
∎ Liaising with the ACAS to explore amicable settlement.
∎ Preparing for ( and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.
∎ Exchanging documents with 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.
∎ Drafting a list of issues, a chronology and agreeing with other party.
∎ Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
∎ Reporting to you on conclusion of the matter and closing your file.
You may have other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy. We will check that with you at your first appointment.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of these stages above are not required, the fee will 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 based on your individual needs.
How long will my claim take?
The time that it takes from obtaining your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved.
i. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, you case is likely to take 4-8 weeks.
ii. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case if likely to take 5-8 months.
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.
Factors that could make a case more complex
The following factors may make your case more complex and impact on your legal fees and disbursements:-
a. If it becomes necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
b. Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
c. Making or defending a costs application.
d. Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled ( if this is not agreed by the parties).
e. The number of witnesses and documents.
f. If it is an automatic unfair dismissal e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
g. Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
Should any of these factors occur, we will notify you and discuss with you any increase in our legal fees or disbursements.
|Counsel’s Fees (This depends on individual Counsel and cannot be available from Counsel before hearing)
|Initial Consultation (1 Hour)
|Entry Clearance. Visa to the United Kingdom
|Spouse, Fiancee, civil and unmarried partner visa
|Application for Leave to Remain (Other)▽
|Appendix FM applications(Parent, Child, Adult dependent relative▽
|Marriage/Partner Leave to Remain application▽
|Discretionary Leave application▽
|Settlement/Indefinite Leave to Remain applications
1 The Home Office advises that most applications would be considered within 6 months however it could take longer depending on the complexity of the matter.
|European Economic Area (EEA) Applications
|Residence document and Residence and Residence Card application
|Permanent Residence applications
|Family permit entry clearance application
|Lodging and Asylum and Human Rights Application
|Representation at Interviews
|Asylum and Human Rights Appeal
|Refugee Family reunion
|Human Right Appeals
POINT BASED SYSTEM
|Tier -1 Entrepreneurs and Investors Applications▽
|Tier -2 Graduate Entrepreneur Applications▽
|Child Student Visa▽
|Adult Student Visa▽
|Tier – 5 Applications▽
|Sponsor Licence Applications
|Lodging Grounds of Appeal
|Disbursements under the First Tier Tribunal 3
|Representation before the First-Tier Tribunal
|Representation before the Upper-Tier Tribunal
IMMIGRATION BAIL APPLICATIONS
|Legal Visits – Immigration Removal/Détention Centres, Prison, Police station, Airport etc
|Bail Applications – Secretary of State
|Immigration Judge’s bail application and Hearing
|Deportation Order Representations
|Deportation Order Appeals
|Deportation Order Revocation Application
|Pre-action/ letter before action
|Judicial review application (paper permission stage)
|Judicial review application (Oral Hearing Stage)
|Judicial review (High Court Applications)
|Disbursements under Judicial Review4
Please note that currently the firm does not charge VAT as we are not VAT registered, this is however not the position with third parties fees, e.g. barrister or expert fees.