Representing employers and employees
The question in deciding which firm to instruct should focus on how sharp are you rather then hourly rate.
Offering expertise for directors, non-executive directors, senior executives on matters including but not limited to unfair dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, share awards and post termination restrictions.
Gannons estimate the costs in advance of each step leaving you in control.
We will try and prevent the matter proceeding to an Employment Tribunal. Costs are seldom recoverable even if you have the most solid case. The average cost of our fees for a case which runs to a full hearing in the Employment Tribunal ranges from £15,000 to £20,000 plus VAT or more if the issues are complex. Many cases settle before reaching the Employment Tribunal making the costs less.
There is never any guarantee of settlement but that is always at the forefront of our mind.
(a) Our hourly charge out rate ranges from £100 plus VAT per hour for a legal assistant to £400 per hour for a partner. In some cases we can offer a fixed fee and will discuss if we think your case is suitable for a fixed fee.
(b) You will always have a solicitor leading the matter who is an experienced employment law practitioner. We will try and involve less expensive members of the team if possible to help keep the costs down.
(c) There will be disbursements if we instruct a barrister to deal with the hearings in the Employment Tribunal. The costs of a barrister can range from £5,000 to £10,000 plus VAT depending upon the complexity of the case. We do not charge administration, telephone costs and photo copying costs as a disbursement as those items are included within our fee.
(d) All of our fees and any disbursements will have VAT at 20% applied which is an additional cost for you if you are not VAT registered and able to recover VAT paid.
(e) The fees mentioned cover all stages of a matter but in practice many cases settle before reaching the Employment Tribunal. We will include in our service a road map which set out the likely stages for settlement. Opportunities for settlement usually arise following judicial mediation and shortly before witness statements are due to be exchanged. Another opportunity is on the door step of the Tribunal. All cases are different which means our ability to predict what will happen is limited. What we will do is keep you fully informed.
(f) We do not offer conditional fee or damages based agreements. You will have to make payments on account for our fees on a regular basis and we will not incur a disbursement with a barrister before having cleared funds the fees in our account to settle those costs.
A highly experienced, tactically astute yet practical litigation lawyer, Alex has 30 years experience in resolving disputes.