We work from offices near Gatwick Airport. We deliberately operate on low overheads to enable us to be flexible about the fees we charge. We do not employ IT, HR or marketing staff, subcontracting these services as and when they are required.
Consequently, our fees are generally significantly less than those of law firms offering the same level of specialist knowledge and experience.
We will always discuss with you the basis on which we will charge. We very much prefer to work by agreeing a fixed fee for the particular project or piece of work, but where this is not appropriate we charge on an hourly rate or on a daily consultancy basis. We can also work on a monthly retainer if that works best for you.
We will usually be happy to speak with you over the phone or via Zoom – or similar – free of charge to discuss how we may be able to help and so you can be comfortable in instructing us.
The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority require us to give more specific costs guidance on handling employment tribunal claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal, whether for employers or employees. The costs of course depend on the complexity of the claims including whether there are other issues (such as discrimination) involved, the number of documents and witnesses, whether there are more than one claimant or respondent, and most importantly whether it is possible (as it usually is) to settle the claim. Sometimes it may be necessary to start Employment Tribunal proceedings to encourage settlement of the claim, or (in rare cases) where it has not been possible to settle the claim it will need to be heard by an Employment Tribunal. We base our costs for work of this type on an hourly rate of £175 plus VAT. If a claim does need to be heard before an Employment Tribunal, our costs are likely to be between £4,000 and £7,000 plus VAT (although they will be higher for more complex and time consuming claims), so clients need to keep this in mind when deciding whether to pursue or defend a claim; costs are rarely recovered in Tribunal proceedings. Barrister’s fees for the hearing are usually in the region of £1,000 – £1,500 per day. We don’t provide a service where we charge on a success or contingency basis.
The SRA also require us to provide details of our complaints procedure. We are confident that you will be happy with our service. However, if you have any issues, please do contact Michael Randall without delay. A further procedure is available via the SRA and to access this please click on the link on the footers in this website.