Under our professional rules we are required to set out this costs information, but it is in practice impossible to give anyone a meaningful estimate about the costs of a claim when we have no factual background upon which to base an estimate. If you have a query about a specific disputed debt recovery action or employment claim, we would be happy to speak to you in order to provide you with our best guidance on the fees that might be involved
Pricing and Service information for debt recovery
Our dispute resolution team frequently assist businesses and individuals in recovering outstanding sums owed to them. When you engage 3volution to recover your debt for you, we will discuss our charges and your options in recovering the debt with you.
If the debt is completely undisputed, then the debt recovery process will be relatively quick and should be concluded within three months (although it will involve contact with the relevant Court and the speed with which matters progress can therefore vary). The first step in the process is for us to write to the debtor, giving them the opportunity to respond. After this, assuming that the debtor still does not dispute the debt, we would prepare and issue the claim at Court. If the debtor does not respond to the claim within 14 days of it being served on them, then you are entitled to apply for default judgment (which is a judgment in your favour without the need for a hearing). For an undisputed debt, we estimate the claim fee and our fees to prepare a letter before claim, prepare and issue a claim form, and subsequently apply for default judgment to be as follows:
Please bear in mind, however, that the value of a claim is often not an accurate reflection of its complexity.
If you are successful in obtaining default judgment, the debtor will also be ordered to pay you the claim fee. In claims over £10,000, if you are successful the debtor will normally be ordered to pay some of your legal costs, but the sum that they are ordered to pay will almost always be less than the fees we have incurred (and you will have to pay any shortfall). Even if the Court does not order the other side to pay your legal costs, you will still be liable to pay them to us.
Once default judgment is obtained, if the debtor does not pay the judgment sum, then we would be happy to talk to you about enforcement mechanisms available to you. It is difficult to estimate the likely cost of such action, or how much of our time it would take to pursue, as it depends on the method chosen (which will depend on the individual circumstances of the judgment debtor), but we would be happy to talk to you about this.
If the debtor disputes the outstanding sum, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to estimate the total cost of the debt recovery process, because there are so many variables as to how the litigation can pan out. For a straightforward disputed small claim, our costs might be in the region of £5,000 to £10,000, but for a more complex matter your fees could easily be in excess of £50,000.. In many cases we will be happy to consider offering a fixed fee for some stages. Where we are unable to provide a fixed fee, we will try to estimate the likely cost of each stage and will let you know what this estimate includes (and, where relevant, what it doesn’t include). Where we are charging you on our normal time-spent basis, the hourly rates within our commercial litigation team vary as follows:
Chelsea Clapham - Trainee Solicitor – £125 plus VAT
Jessica Bennett – Solicitor (2016) – £230 plus VAT
Samantha Wragg – Partner (2003) – £295 plus VAT
Tim Stone – Partner (1992) – £310 plus VAT
There might be additional disbursements which you are required to pay during the Court process which will vary depending upon the circumstances. For example you would have to pay an application fee if we make an application during (or before) court proceedings, a mediator’s fee if you decide to enter into mediation, or our travel fees if we have to travel to attend a Court hearing. In many cases we will instruct a barrister to assist with proceedings, in particular to deal with the advocacy at trial or at a complicated hearing. The fee ranges we have set out above do not include Counsel’s fees. Where possible, we will advise you of these disbursements in advance and it is our firm policy to require payment of any disbursements on account before they are incurred. As to how quickly your claim will go to a hearing, this depends on the value of the claim and on how busy the Court is. For a straightforward disputed claim under £10,000 in one of the less busy Courts your hearing could be within 6 months. For a more complex claim of between £25,000 and £100,000 in a Central London Court, it might take between 18 months and 2 years for the matter to proceed to trial.
If you require any assistance with debt recovery, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0113 234 0220.
Pricing and Service information for Employment
Our Employment team represents both employers and employees in dealing with all aspects of employment law including all types of tribunal claims. When you engage 3volution to represent you, we will discuss our charges and your options with you. This will include whether you may have any insurance cover to assist with your legal fees.
Costs for representing you in bringing or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal are in the region of:
- Simple case: £500 - £10,000 (plus VAT)
- Medium complexity case: £1,000 - £20,000 (plus VAT)
- High complexity case: £3,000 - £35,000 (plus VAT)
Various factors will impact on which bracket a claim falls within and it is possible that a claim becomes more complex as time progresses depending on the evidence and circumstances. Such factors include:
- Defending claims brought by individuals
- The type of claim and any claims linked to it for example discrimination, whistleblowing
- The amount of documents
- Whether a Preliminary Hearing is required to deal with issues such as disability, employee status
- Defending or making a costs application
- Making or defending any other application for example for an unless order (as the other party is not complying with Tribunal Orders)
- The number of witnesses involved
There will be additional charges for attending a tribunal hearing which will be in the region of £1,000 (plus VAT) per day depending on the nature of the case and who attends – this will be discussed and agreed with you in advance. The length of a Tribunal Hearing will depend upon the complexity of the case and the number of documents and witnesses.
The fees outlined above cover:
- Taking your instructions, reviewing documents and providing advice on strategy, merits and compensation
- Liaising with ACAS to negotiate settlement pre claim and whenever you instruct us to do so
- Drafting and submitting the claim or response to the Tribunal
- Reviewing a claim or response submitted by the other party
- Dealing with documents including preparing a list of them and exchanging with the other party
- Preparing a bundle of documents
- Preparing or reviewing a schedule of loss
- Meeting with witnesses to discuss their statement, drafting the statement and agreeing the content
- Exchanging witness statements with the other party
- Preparing for a preliminary hearing and attending or instructing a barrister to attend
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues and a chronology
- Preparation for the hearing including instructing and liaising with the barrister and attending tribunal as agreed
Not all these stages will be required in all claims. You will be fully consulted throughout the duration of your case. You may wish to deal with some aspects of the claim yourself which we can discuss with you and provide support – this may reduce any fees estimated depending on the level of support required.
In addition to our fees you may incur some disbursements which are costs payable to third parties such as Counsel’s fees. If you require a barrister this will be discussed with you and fee estimates obtained in advance. Barrister’s fees can range from £750 to £2,000 per day depending on the barrister and their experience and any fee will include preparation for and attending the hearing. We will always agree disbursements with you in advance and it is our firm policy to require payment of any disbursements on account before they are incurred.
Time wise a claim can sometimes be settled quite quickly, in a matter of weeks, or alternatively if it progresses to tribunal it can take several months depending on how busy the Tribunal is. We will discuss this with you further once we know more about your claim.
If you have a query about a claim you have received or are considering bringing, we would be happy to speak with you and where possible we will be happy to consider offering a fixed fee for some or all of the stages outlined above. Where we are unable to provide a fixed fee, we will try to estimate the likely cost of each stage, and will let you know what this estimate includes. Where we are charging you on our normal time-spent basis, the hourly rates within our employment team vary as follows:
Catherine Pugh – Associate (2006) – £250 plus VAT
If you require any assistance with any aspect of employment law, please call us on 0113 234 0220.