There are two ways to cover your legal costs:
1. Legal expenses insurance
2. Private funding
Both options maybe available to you, whether you are an employee bringing a claim or an employer defending a claim.
Legal Expenses Insurance
If you have household contents insurance, then you are likely to have legal expenses insurance. It will be in a clause tucked away deep inside the policy.
Our experience is that the insurance company will be reluctant to pay up on the policy. Even if they agree to pay, they will try to palm you off on their ‘panel firm’.
You have a legal right to choose the solicitor of your choice under regulation 6(1) of The Insurance Companies (Legal Expenses Insurance) Regulations 1990.
Seek our help. We have expertise in securing insurance funding and help you, we will!
If you do indeed have legal expenses insurance to cover employment claims, our experience tells us the insurance company will still be reluctant to pay up when you claim. If so, seek our help.
Whether you are an employee or employer, you can fund your case privately. At the outset, we will agree an hourly rate for our work and you will be billed for the time we spend on your case. No more, no less.
We do nothing but employment law.
All matters will be either undertaken by or under the close supervision of Paul Sharma. Paul is head of the firm. Paul is a University College London law graduate and a Grade A solicitor (over eight years post qualification experience).
The hourly rate for Paul and other Grade A solicitors’ is £395 per hour plus VAT. The Senior Solicitor rate is £330 per hour plus VAT and the paralegal rate is £250 per hour plus VAT.
A one-day hearing for an unfair dismissal or breach of contract case can cost up to £16,000 plus VAT and counsel’s fees. The costs can be higher for discrimination claims and lower for breach of contract claims.
Whilst most claims do tend to settle, a case can take six to nine months to come to a hearing and the above costs are disproportionately spent at the early and late stages of the case.