Our fees for our legal services

These charges and disbursements apply to the following services:

Business debt recovery services ≫

Employment tribunal services ≫

Immigration services ≫ 

 

Fees for our business debt recovery services

 

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs. We can provide advice on disputed invoices but these charges are usually calculated on a time spent basis. We can also offer ‘no win no fee’ arrangements in certain situations.

Our charges

Pre-action letter

£530 – £795 + VAT

Claim form

£265 – £795 + VAT

Statutory demand

£750 + VAT

It is not always possible to claim these fees from the debtor.

Disbursements

These could include:
£100+VAT to pay for a process server to serve the statutory demand
Court fees (usually 5% of the sum claimed, up to a maximum of £10,000) 

Our charges include

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid but not disputed, drafting and issuing a claim
  • Where no acknowledgement of service or defence is received, applying to the court to enter judgment in default
  • When judgment in default is received, writing to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 30 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Timing

Matters usually take 8-12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of judgment in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Exclusions

The above fees do not include:

  1. Disputed or contested claims
  2. Taking enforcement action
  3. Instructing a bailiff
  4. Dealing with any appeals as to the outcome of the judgment.

Fee earners and hourly rates

The fee earners that could assist you with commercial litigation are: 

Heidi Berry– Director Legal Services £265 + VAT per hour

Claire Berry – Lawyer  £210 + VAT per hour 

Nina Gilroy – Paralegal £110 + VAT per hour

 

Fees for our employment tribunal services

 

These fees relate to claims made against employers. We will advise and assist with claims made by an employee, and broadly speaking fees will follow this guide. When we act for an employee in their Employment Tribunal claim we will provide specific detailed fee estimates for the work required. We will normally work on the basis of fixed fees within the range set out below for each task in the matter. Where fixed fees are not applied, work will be carried out on the basis of our hourly rates as set out below.

Our charges

Preparation of response & summary of a case

£1,500 – £3,000 + VAT

Disclosure of evidence

£1,500 – £3,000 + VAT

Trial bundles

£1,000 + VAT

Witness statements

£3,500 – £6,500 + VAT

Preparation for hearing

£1,000 – £2,500 + VAT

Attendance at a hearing (including Counsel’s fees)

£3,000 – £7,000 + VAT

Other fees relating to the day to day running of a case

£2,000 – £4,000  + VAT

Total

£13,500 – £27,00 + VAT

Fees may alter where the scope of work varies or in more unique circumstances. We will advise you of such changes if and when necessary, and before any additional work is carried out.

Disbursements

Disbursements generally will include Counsel’s (a barrister’s) fee only. The fee payable to the barrister will vary depending on their seniority and level of experience. The choice of barrister shall be discussed at the time. A day-rate for a barrister can typically range from £1,000 – £5,000 + VAT. There are currently no Tribunal fees payable.

Our charges include

  • Initial review of the case and assessment of merits
  • Preparation for hearing, including the disclosure of evidence and drafting and exchanging witness statements
  • Attendance and advocacy at the hearing
  • Communication of the judgment when received

Timing

Where a case progresses to the final hearing we would anticipate the matter lasting for 6-12 months. A case may resolve prior to the hearing where a settlement is reached or the claim may be withdrawn. This will inevitably result in a shorter time frame for the matter in comparison to a matter that goes to a final hearing.

To file a claim in the Employment Tribunal will take approximately 2-4 weeks depending on the initial instructions provided on the matter. From there the Tribunal would normally list either a Preliminary Hearing or a Final Hearing within 6-12 months’ of filing the claim.

Approximate timescales for a standard claim are:

To issue a claim – preparation of the claim will take between 2 to 5 weeks, depending on the detail involved, but less if this is necessary to meet the limitation date.

To submit a response – the response is due within 28 days of the claim form being received by the Respondent. Our preparation of the response will take 2 to 3 weeks, but less if necessary to meet the limitation date.

Preparation for a Preliminary hearing – a Tribunal is likely to list a preliminary hearing to take place approximately 3 – 6 months following acceptance of the response, depending on the complexity of the claim.

Final hearing – around 6 months if there has been no preliminary hearing listed; around 12 months if there has been a preliminary hearing.

Key Stages

The key stages of an Employment Tribunal claim are:

Stage 1: We will take initial instructions from you and review the existing documentation that you have relating to the case. We will advise on the merits of your case and prepare either the claim or defence to the matter as appropriate;

Stage 2: Receive and consider a response to the claim, including the Claimant’s schedule of loss, disclosure documents and begin preparation of the bundle of documents;

Stage 3: Preparation and exchange of witness statements. Continued bundle preparation;

Stage 4: Preparation for and attendance at Final Hearing

If a claim is listed for a Preliminary Hearing this will happen after Stage 2 and a Remedy Hearing may be listed after Stage 4. Mediation or settlement may occur at any point during the case. Exact timings for the key stages of a claim will be entirely dependent on the complexity of your case and the Case Management Orders provided by the Tribunal.

Exclusions

The charges set out here do not include:

  • Drafting Orders for the Court where required
  • Preparation for and attendance at a Preliminary Hearing
  • Preparation for and attendance at a Remedy Hearing
  • Preparation for and attendance at a mediation

Fee earners and hourly rates

The fee earners that could assist you with employment tribunals are:

Heidi Berry– Director Legal Services £265 + VAT per hour

Claire Berry – Lawyer  £210 + VAT per hour

Joanna Smye – Lawyer£210 + VAT per hour

Nina Gilroy – Paralegal £110 + VAT per hour

 

Fees for our immigration services

 

We provide a wide range of services related to UK visas for commercial clients as well as private individuals. We can help to obtain appropriate types of visas and provide practical solutions to your immigration needs. These fees relate to the visa and immigration applications that we assist individuals or business with.

Our charges

Brexit and EU nationals for up to 5 EU national applicants

 £2,500 + VAT

Brexit and EU nationals for up to 20 EU national applicants

£5,000 + VAT

Brexit and EU nationals for up to 35 EU national applicants

£8,000 + VAT

Sponsorship licence application for employing foreign nationals

£1,900 – £4,000 + VAT

Application for Tier 2 visa for employing foreign nationals

£1,300 + VAT

If there is a dependant applicant (e.g. spouse, partner and/or child)

Up to £500 + VAT

Settlement – obtaining a permanent residency in the UK

£2,000 – £6,000 + VAT

British citizenship

£750 – £2,000 + VAT

The fees above are a guide and a matter will sometimes exceed the maximum figure set out depending on specific queries or complications which arise during the application process. We will advise you of such changes if and when necessary, and before work is carried out.

Additional fees are normally charged at an hourly rate as set out below unless a specific fixed fee is agreed in advance.

Disbursements

Expenses include postage and copying charges. Disbursements will generally include the visa application fee, the immigration Health Surcharge, Immigration Skills Charge and the Certificate of Sponsorship issuing fee which are determined by the Home Office. Details of current Home Office fees can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table

Our charges include

  • Initial consultation meeting to understand your case and discuss the next steps to take
  • Preparation of the relevant application as required by the Home Office, including collating relevant supporting documents, drafting the cover letter and supporting statements
  • Meetings and correspondence through the matter to review the progress of your case
  • Responding to queries raised by the Home Office, unless specifically identified as falling outside of the initial scope of the fixed fee

Timing

Each type of application varies in timescale. Timescales depend upon the complexity of your case, the type of application being made, the processing times of the Home Office at the time of submitting the application and whether or not you opt to purchase the Priority Service to receive a faster processing time with the Home Office once your application has been submitted. A specific timescale will be provided to you following the initial consultation meeting once the complexity of your case has been assessed and the Home Office processing times have been reviewed. As a guide, a straight forward application may take 2-4 months to complete whereas a complex case may take over 12 months to complete.

Exclusions

These fees do not include the following charges:

Home Office application fee, more information on application fees can be found on the government website here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table

Expert fees, if required, which may include:

  • barristers;
  • interpreters/translators;
  • medical and other specialist reports;
  • other expert fees depending on the requirements of the case;

Courier fees

Fee earners and hourly rates

The fee earners that could assist you with employment tribunals are: 

Nathan Woodcock – Immigration Lawyer – £250 + VAT per hour

Nina Gilroy – Paralegal £110 + VAT per hour

 

What to do if you have a complaint

 

To view our complaints procedure – click here

 

All Legal Services are provided by Price Bailey Legal Services LLP. For information about our regulatory status, see pricebailey.co.uk/legal

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