Middleton Law Ltd Costs

Our solicitors are specialists in employment law, and you can have confidence that we will be able to advise you with the benefit of a significant amount of experience in all areas of employment law.  We are members of the Employment Lawyers Association and work to the highest standards of specialist advice using the many resources we have available. We pride ourselves on being approachable and on using the minimum legal jargon, so that you can make decisions in your case in an informed way.

We like to be realistic about the cost of our work, and will let you have an estimation of the costs you will incur before the work is started.  We charge for the time it takes to work on your matter at the rate of £200 per hour.  There is no VAT to add to this rate, and it is divided down into parts of an hour to make the costs as fair as possible.  This means that for example, if your work takes 2 hours 20 minutes, that is what you would be charged for – no more and no less.

Of course the cost of a case will be different for each and every client, as you will have your own individual needs and requirements.  We would work on any employment law case for you, whether you are an employer or an employee or worker.  We would usually carry out all of the work required, except for attending a Tribunal Hearing.  If you have a Hearing to attend we would arrange for you to have a Barrister to represent you, as this is what they do every day and they have a different set of skills to us.  The cost of the Barrister’s work would depend on their experience and would usually have VAT applied at 20%.  We would find you a Barrister using our contacts, and try to get the best fee for you, depending on what is needed at the time.

Amongst the services we provide would be advising on (for an employee) or preparing (for an employer) a settlement package that is usually presented in a Settlement Agreement.

For an employee, it is usual for there to be a contribution to costs as part of the Agreement, and we would try to maximise this for you.  If however the contribution was not enough to cover your costs, you could be charged a top up fee.  The cost of this advice is between £500 – £750 (no VAT) depending on the complexity and we would negotiate for as much of this as possible to be paid by your employer.  We would work with you in a way that ensures that you do not miss any deadlines imposed by your employer.  We generally find that this type of case will conclude within a week or two, but will be guided by you regarding how much work you would like us to do.

For an employer, if you wish to have a bespoke Agreement drafted for the circumstances, this would usually generate costs of between £1,000 to £1,500 (no VAT).  This would include preparation of the Agreement and one round of settlement talks with the other party to the Agreement.  For anything more complex, there could be additional charges of around £500 – £600 (no VAT).  We would look to provide the bespoke Agreement within a week of receiving your instructions.  If you ask us to enter settlement discussions, we would take the enquiries directly and respond to them with your input within 2 – 3 days.

If you are an employee and have a case for unfair or wrongful dismissal, we can advise you on the merits of your potential case, guide you through the Early Conciliation part of the process, then prepare your case and submit it to the Employment Tribunal in the correct format by the correct deadlines.  Typically it is taking anywhere from 18 months to 2 years for a case to get to a Final Hearing, and we can advise and guide you throughout this time.  Typically the cost of this advice and guidance would be between £10,000 and £12,000 (no VAT).

In any Tribunal matter, there is liaison between you and the other party, preparation of submissions to the Employment Tribunal, working on documentation with you to be submitted as evidence, working on making a financial evaluation of the case, preparing witness statements that set out the case in the best terms, as appropriate, and identifying a Barrister to represent you.

If you are an employee and have a case for discrimination we can provide the same service, but the level of detail in a discrimination case often means that the costs are slightly higher.  Typically, the cost of this advice and guidance would be between £12,000 and £15,000 (no VAT).

If you are an employer and have a case issued against you or your company in the Employment Tribunals, we can work on your Response to the case and advise you right up until a Final Hearing, when we would instruct a Barrister to represent you.  We can advise you on the merits of the case, whether or not it should be settled and at what financial level, and the process and procedures that the Employment Tribunal will work to.  Typically, the cost of this advice and guidance would be between £12,000 and £15,000 (no VAT) if the case goes all the way to a Full Hearing, and we would work with your witnesses to make sure that your defence is as strong as it can be.

We can also advise on employment contract documentation including contracts of employment, office manuals or staff handbooks, or individual policies that may need updating.  The cost of this work would be £200 per hour (no VAT) and we would provide you with an estimation of costs before we start working on the documentation for you, depending on your individual requirements.

We can also provide a retained service for employers that we like to call MLL Direct.  We can provide you with a fixed-fee monthly advice service which enables you to contact our specialist employment solicitors up to three times per month, either by phone or email.  The cost of this service is £100 per month, with no VAT to be applied.

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