ABOUT ALFRED JAMES & CO SOLICITORS LLP
Our team has many years of combined experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Employment Tribunals and the processes that take place after you have been unfairly or wrongfully dismissed from a workplace.
Most of the services we offer are on an hourly rate basis as we find every case is different and some are more complicated than others. Our clients are given an estimate of costs when we have an initial consultation with you to discuss all the aspects of the case.
Our Employment Team acts for a broad range of employer and employee clients. Their employer clients include entrepreneurial start-ups, established companies and professional services firms. We also represent senior executives and board directors, LLP members and partners, entrepreneurs and high profile public figures.
Whether you are an employer or an employee we can help you to understand your legal rights and duties and achieve the best possible outcome for you.
We have four members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by our Senior Partner.
Please take a look at Our Staff page to see further details about our Team.
WHY CHOOSE US?
We understand that dealing with matters regarding your employment or your business can often be a difficult time especially if the situation is a personal one and will affect your future. Alfred James & Co has a compassionate approach towards our clients, and our team are here to help with sound legal advice and can take care of matters for you.
We are proud to have achieved the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) accreditation for demonstrating that we are well managed, provide excellent levels of client care and have systems in place to ensure delivery of good quality advice.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is usually on an hourly rate basis or depending on your financial situation (Employees only) we may be able to offer you a contingency fee agreement. Our hourly rates which you can expect depends on the complexity of your case and the experience of the staff member handling your case:
Senior Partner – £280 + VAT per hour
Solicitor – £250 + VAT per hour
Paralegal – £126 + VAT per hour
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. However you will have to pay these fees
The disbursements you can expect are:
- Fees for the Tribunal
- Barristers Fees for attending the hearing or drafting documentation e.g. pleadings if needed (Barristers Fees are paid by hourly rate and these normally vary depending on the experience of the Barrister and amount of time they work on a case. These will be confirmed to you before we instruct the Barrister)
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- preparing or considering a schedule of loss
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
- preparing bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to the Barrister
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved e.g. if a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, or if your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing. We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.