Employment Fees

Employers Advice against an Employee

We offer a number of pricing solutions on litigation matters subject to what work is needed and the complexity of the matter.

You may already benefit from ‘Legal Expense Insurance’ that may cover some or all of the costs that will need to be incurred. We will check this with you at our initial appointment and advise you further should that appear to be the case.

If you do not benefit from such insurance, our costs are calculated on the basis of how long we spend dealing with your matter which, by its very nature, is difficult to predict at the outset.

Costs will vary from matter to matter depending on the nature and complexity of a dispute, the extent of the instructions you give to us and the work that you wish for us to carry out and the speed with which we are able to bring about a resolution of the dispute.

Factors outside of our control will often have a material impact on the work that we carry out, especially in terms of the work that needs to be carried out and the speed with which we can bring your case to a conclusion.

We aim to take initial instructions and based on the information provided we will provide an estimate of likely costs in addition to any ‘Disbursements’ (see below) that we anticipate you will need to incur.  At the same time, we will advise you on how long your matter is likely to take.

‘Disbursements’ are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as Tribunal fees.

Once work has commenced, we will bill you on a periodic basis so that you are kept up to date on the costs incurred and will inform you as soon as possible should our overall estimate as to the likely costs need to be revised.

For our hourly rates please see the Our Fees page.

Factors that affect time taken and complexity may include;

  • The stage at which we are instructed – if we are instructed some way into a dispute then it will be necessary to carefully consider the documentation relating to past progress before providing you with advice;
  • The nature of a dispute;
  • The number of parties involved in a dispute;
  • The extent of the allegations being made by the claimant in the claim form;
  • Whether expert evidence is required and, if so, the extent of the expert evidence required;
  • Whether witness evidence is necessary and, if so, the number of witnesses who have to give evidence;
  • The approach taken by the other party/parties involved in your dispute and whether they are a litigant in person;
  • Whether court proceedings are necessary;
  • Whether any applications are made during the course of the proceedings;
  • The willingness of either side to take part in ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ (ADR);
  • Whether Counsel will be required to carry out any of the work necessary to conclude the claim;
  • The extent of the communication you require with ourselves during the course of the case.

Costs and expenses which are not included in Solicitors Fees may include;

  • Fees for obtaining formal reports from experts or fees for incurring advice from experts;
  • Translators’ fees;
  • Interpreters’ fees;
  • Cost of obtaining medical records;
  • Counsel’s fees for attending hearings or drafting documents if required;
  • Court fees;
  • Land Registry Fees;
  • Credit agency search fees;
  • Process handlers’ fees;
  • Fees associated with any significant administrative work such as photocopying fees or courier’s fees.

Your case will be allocated to a person with the suitable professional experience to conduct your matter. For information on the experience and qualifications of our fee earners please see the Our Team page.

CVC offer a comprehensive service to our clients which will include the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking initial instructions, reviewing documentation and advising you;
  • Preparing a claim or response to a claim;
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the other party;
  • Exploring settlement possibilities throughout the claim;
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss/counter schedule;
  • Preparing for a preliminary hearing;
  • Exchanging documents with the other party;
  • Taking witness statements, drafting and then agreeing them with witnesses;
  • Preparing bundles of documents and case summaries for hearings;
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s evidence;
  • Preparing and attending final hearing, including instructing Counsel.

These stages are listed by way of example and, if some of those stages are not included, the fee will be reduced. You may wish for us to simply advise you on some stages of the claim and to handle the majority of it yourself. This can be arranged depending on your individual needs.

If you would like clarification on any of the points raised or further information please contact our Litigation Dept on 01736 362362 or email: enquiries@cvc-solicitors.co.uk.