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.
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.
Employment Tribunal Fee Refunds
Fees were charged in the Employment Tribunal (or Employment Appeal Tribunal) between 29 July 2013 and 26 July 2017. You are now entitled to apply for a refund of theses fees.
How to apply:
You can apply online if:
- You have not changed your name since you made the claim to the tribunal;
- Your claim was against one employer; and
- You have a UK bank account.
You will need the details of how much you have paid.
To apply for a refund online, click here https://employmenttribunals.service.gov.uk/apply/refund/profile-selection.
By post or email
You can apply by post or email in the following ways:
- Form 1-C https://employmenttribunals.service.gov.uk/apply/refund/profile-selection if you paid the fees yourself;
- Form 3-S https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/702264/Refund_form_3S_0418.pdf if you paid the fee through a lawyer or trade union; or
- Form 2-R https://employmenttribunals.service.gov.uk/apply/refund/profile-selection if the tribunal ordered you to pay the fees of someone who brought a claim against you.
Send your completed form to HM Courts and Tribunal Service via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or in the post to:
Employment Tribunal – England and Wales
Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 10218
If you are entitled to a refund it will be transferred to your bank account (in addition to 0.5% interest). You will receive written confirmation of the sum of the refund.
The Employment Tribunal Customer Contact centre can be contacted on 0300 123 1024.