Funding Your Employment Tribunal Claim

Funding Your Employment Tribunal Claim

Here at Wolferstans, we empathise with employees who through no fault of their own have lost their employment. We understand the implications of such an event on you, your family and your home, as well as your self-esteem, wellbeing and mental health. Whenever it is possible, we will fight for you to obtain justice, financial compensation, and a reference or to clear your name.

We recognise that issuing a claim against your employer or former employer is a daunting process and having been dismissed, funding such a claim may be a worry. At Wolferstans, we have a range of options available to you including legal expense insurance, no-win no-fee and price certainty.

Our team of experienced Tribunal Litigators can effectively pursue claims for employees wherever you are based.

We have a proven track record when it comes to obtaining successful results for our clients and providing exceptional customer service. You will be kept up to date, your file will be proactively managed, we will communicate in plain English and adopt an approach that is tailored to your needs. Different approaches are required for different situations and different opponents; we can pursue a persuasive but considerate negotiation or a robust and targeted strategy, which we will always agree with you in advance following an extensive review of your case and any supporting documents.

Legal Expense Insurance

Many of our clients are surprised to discover they have the benefit Legal Expense Insurance through their household or other insurance policy. The benefit of such a policy, is that the insurer will meet some of, or all of, your legal fees connected with issuing a claim.

Legal Expense Insurance ordinarily only covers you from the stage at which you are required to issue a claim. If you believe you have the benefit of legal expense insurance, we can review your policy and case for free and then advise you on the best way forward. We can help you to arrange for the cover to be in place and then pursue your former employer with a view to obtaining compensation.

No-Win No-Fee

Alternatively, if you do not have the benefit of an insurance policy, 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 your prospects of success. If you believe you have a strong claim, please contact Mara Cunha on 01752 292221 who will conduct an initial and free telephone assessment. If your case has sufficient prospects and is of sufficient value, we will then need to receive the relevant documents and undertake a full case review to ascertain whether we can pursue your claim on a no-win no-fee basis.

Private Funding

If a no-win no-fee arrangement is not possible, or if you would prefer to receive 100% of your compensation, we are happy to run your case for an agreed fee or for you to pay for our services on an hourly rate.

Many of our clients prefer to agree a price in advance so that they are aware of the limit of their costs. 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, issue the claim 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*

*All reference to VAT on this page is at the standard rate of 20%

For information on our employment tribunal pricing, please click here.

If you are considering issuing a claim, please call either James Twine on 01752 292351 or Victoria Sargeant on 01752 292372. 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 as promptly as possible.

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