Employment Disputes Solicitor Plymouth
Solicitors based in Crownhill Plymouth
Employment Law is a complex area of the law affecting both employers and employees in Plymouth.
We recognise that issuing a claim against your employer or former employer is daunting and that funding such a claim can be difficult. There are a number of options available.
The first step is for you to check your household or other insurance policy to identify whether you have the benefit of legal expense insurers. Many of our clients are surprised to discover they have the benefit of such a policy so it is worth checking. The benefit of such a policy is that the insurer will meet some of or all of your legal fees. Assuming you have the benefit of legal expense insurance, this will ordinarily only cover you from the stage at which you are required to issue a claim.
Alternatively, it may be possible for us to run your claim on a “no-win, no-fee basis”. This means you pay us nothing if you lose and we take a percentage (usually around one third) of any settlement or award at an Employment Tribunal. Whether we are prepared to run your case under such an arrangement depends upon both the value of your claim and prospects of success.
We are happy to run your case for an agreed fee or for you to pay for our services upon an hourly rate. Under such an arrangement, we agree “billing milestones” and charge you a fee for a particular step. For example, for us to consider your claim and papers and review your former employers’ response, we aim to agree a fee of between £1,000 and £1,500 plus VAT. Often, settlement can be achieved relatively quickly after issuing a claim. If this is the case, your total costs are likely to be limited to between £1,000 and £2,000 plus VAT.
If you are considering a claim, please call Stephen Hall on 01752 785715. Please remember, a strict three month (minus one day) time limit exists for pursuing a claim at an Employment Tribunal so it is essential that you seek legal advice promptly.