Funding Your Employment Tribunal Claim
We recognise that issuing a claim against your employer or former employer is a daunting process and that having been dismissed funding such a claim may be difficult. However, there are a number of options available to you including legal expense insurance, no-win no-fee and price certainty.
Legal Expense Insurance
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 even if you do not believe you are covered.
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.
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, 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. Please call either James Twine on 01752 292351 or Victoria Sargeant on 01752 292372 for a free telephone assessment.
If we were not in a position to offer a no-win no-fee arrangement, 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 you are aware of the limit of your 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.
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.