A no win no fee compensation claim means exactly what it says: if we don't win or settle your employment claim, we won't ask you to pay for our work. Subject to a favourable assessment of the merits and value of your claim we may offer to represent you on a no win no fee basis. There are three methods of funding our work for you in pursuing a claim against your employer:
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When you enter into a Damages Based Agreement with us, as long as you comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement (which you will readily be able to do), the agreement will protect you from having to pay the fees for our work should you not win or settle your claim.
When you instruct us we'll send you our standard agreement documents for no-win, no-fee employment claims and a copy of our terms of business. Both are straightforward and written without the use of legal jargon.
You will not have to pay for our legal work.
You will receive a settlement or be awarded compensation from your employer.
Our fee for acting for you in this way will never be more than of 35% (including VAT) of the damages you win or the settlement reached plus payment of any disbursements incurred on your behalf (usually limited to travel costs). We never charge a success fee for Employment Law Advice.
We can represent you on a traditional hourly rate which is payable win or lose. How much you pay will depend upon the amount of time spent on your case and the level of experience of your legal representative.
We will provide you with an estimate of potential costs from the outset, giving complete clarity. We are happy to work within a fixed budget and not to go beyond it without your agreement. If anything changes during the course of your claim we'll tell you straight away and give you clear options on how to proceed.
If you prefer this alternative then you will retain 100% of all the compensation or settlement you recover but please remember that our fees will be payable whether you win or lose. We will try to negotiate a contribution towards your legal costs from your employer if appropriate. Full details will be provided to you should you choose this method and we will always give you a detailed breakdown of the work we have done for you.
We are often able to act on a fixed fee basis.
Many of our clients have the benefit of legal expenses insurance. It is sometimes provided as part of the buildings/contents insurance policy on your home or through your union or professional association if you are a member.
We can help you by submitting an application to your insurer to cover our legal fees as well as the Tribunal fees to issue and proceed with your claim. As soon as we sign the insurance agreement with your insurers, funding will be in place. The benefit of insurance cover is that your insurer meets a proportion of your legal fees (almost never all of them) and you get to keep 100% of your damages or settlement.
Only in very exceptional circumstances will one party be at risk of having to pay their opponent's costs.
In July 2013, fees were introduced for bringing and pursuing claims in Employment Tribunals. Not everyone has to pay them. If you have paid a Tribunal fee and you win your case, the Tribunal should order your opponent to reimburse you the Tribunal fees in addition to your damages. We will submit the fee remission application for you at the start of your claim.
We will explain your funding arrangement at the outset, giving complete clarity. If anything changes during the course of your claim such as the strength or value of your claim, we'll tell you straight away and give you clear options on how to proceed.
Our clients are at the centre of everything we do. This not only includes delivering a comprehensive compensation claim but also ensuring we minimise the risk and inconvenience to you involved with the legal process.
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