Heather Platt

Barrister

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Specialist in employment and commercial law

What will it cost?

My hourly rate is £325 + VAT per hour (as at January 2020).

 

Timescales

 

Timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such as my availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents and the other side’s approach. However, as a guide more straightforward cases tend to have a hearing date within twelve months of a claim being made. More complex cases may take more than a year to resolve.  I am used to dealing with instructions quickly and adhering to Tribunal timetables.

 

Fees

 

I may charge either fixed fees (which means that I will charge you a set amount of money for each piece of work we undertake) or on an hourly rate basis. Below I provide estimates based on my hourly rate and assuming this is a straightforward matter (unfair dismissal only) without any discrimination, whislteblowing or other complex feature.

 

All fees exclude VAT (where applicable). That means that it is likely that you will have to VAT in addition to the fee at the current rate (presently 20%).

 

If I charge a fixed fee, these may vary depending on your needs – for example, your fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you have a more complex case. If you have a particularly complex case, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below. There may also be additional costs for any administrative work involved such as copying or where you agree to engage another person to assist with your case, such as a paralegal.

 

If I quote a fixed fee it will only be to undertake that particular piece of work. There are likely to be many different pieces of work involved in a case such as representation at hearings, advising in conference and in writing and drafting documents. I will always quote separately for each piece of work.

Fixed Fees

I offer fixed fees which are tailored to your budget.  I offer a menu of options depending on how much you have to spend on legal services.  Get in touch for a no obligation quote.

Stage of case Ranges of fixed fees (estimates)

Initial telephone call (up to 30 mins) Free

Preliminary meeting £500 - £1,250

Written advice on your claim (if less than 100 pages and under 4 hours to advise) £1,250

Quantifying your claim and preparing a without prejudice offer / negotiating a settlement (excluding complex pension issues) £500

Preparation of case, including meetings with you and assistance with drafting of any tribunal documents such as the ET1/ET3 (depending on complexity and assuming single parties) £3,000

Preparation of a Schedule of Loss (or counter schedule) £325

Preparation of a Disability Impact Statement £1,300

Preparation of a List of Issues (depending on complexity and number of allegations) £3,500

Preparation of a Witness Statement (assuming up to 10 pages) £1,300

Preparation of a Hearing Bundle (assuming 1 lever arch file) £1,950

Assistance with disclosure (assuming 1 lever arch file) £1,950

Preliminary hearing (for a closed hearing; if the hearing is open and more complex please request fees) £2,000

First day’s tribunal appearance £2,500 - £15,000

Tribunal appearances per day, after the first day £1,750 - £2,500

Remedy hearing (to decide compensation), up to one day £2,000 - £4,000

 

Hourly rate example (for a simple unfair dismissal claim – discrimination / whistleblowing claims are more complex and inevitably involve more work)

Stage of case Ranges of hourly rates (£325 + VAT) depending on work required and complexity

Initial telephone call (up to 30 mins) Free

Preliminary meeting approximately 1 hour meeting and 1 hour preparation

Written advice on your claim, approximately 4 hours

Quantifying your claim and preparing a without prejudice offer / negotiating a settlement, approximately 2 hours

Preparation of case, including meetings with you and assistance with drafting of any tribunal documents such as the ET1/ET3, approximately 4 hours

Preparation of a Schedule of Loss (or counter schedule) approximately 1 hour

Preparation of a Disability Impact Statement, approximately 3 hours

Preparation of a List of Issues, approximately 1 hour

Preparation of a Witness Statement, approximately 4 hours

Preparation of a Hearing Bundle, approximately 6 hours

Assistance with disclosure, approximately 6 hours

Preliminary hearing, approximately 3 hours in Tribunal and 3 hours preparation

First day’s tribunal appearance, approximately between 5 and 10 hours preparation

Tribunal appearances per day, after the first day approximately  hours per day

Remedy hearing (to decide compensation), approximately 4 hours preparation and 1 day hearing

 

You can also access fee information here as I am a member of Pump Court Chambers:

Civil Litigation

Employment Law

Insurance

You may have legal expenses insurance as part of your Home Insurance policy.

You may also be able to take out "After The Event" insurance.  You can read more about that here.

 

 

 

I have professional indemnity insurance cover in place which covers all the work I do.

 

I am registered for VAT and can provide my VAT number upon request.