Unless you have legal expenses insurance or are a member of a union, the value of most employment tribunal claims means that instructing solicitors is simply not financially worthwhile. The legal costs can often end up exceeding any compensation you may ultimately be awarded even if you are successful. However, acting for yourself can be a daunting task and navigating the tribunal rules of procedure as well as the ever increasing employment legislation can be tricky even for a professional. Lionshead Law offers all the reassurance of a law firm at a fraction of the cost. We operate on the basis of fixed-fees rather than hourly rates and we will ensure that you get the best advice, support and representation possible. We have significant expertise in negotiating exit packages, advising on redundancies and assisting with internal grievance and disciplinary hearings as well as pursuing claims in the Employment Tribunals.
If you are still unsure whether you wish to instruct someone to act for you, for a small fee of £25 plus VAT we can provide you with sample ET1 claim forms and other useful document templates for those who wish to act for themselves.
All claims are subject to fees in the Employment Tribunal. There are two types of claim which attract different fees:
Common type A claims include those for:
- Statutory redundancy payments.
- Equal pay (whether for breach of the sex equality clause or the maternity equality clause).
- Unlawful deductions from wages.
- Breach of contract.
- Determination of what should be included in a section 1 statement of terms and conditions of employment
- Failure to inform and consult as required by TUPE
- Refusal to allow annual leave, compensation, payment or compensatory rest under the Working Time Regulations 1998
- Refusal to allow time off for dependants.
- Refusal to permit, or pay for, time off for antenatal care.
- Failure to permit time off for trade union duties or public duties.
- Failure to permit, or pay for, time off for trade union activities or time off for employee representatives.
- Failure to permit, or pay for, time off to look for work or arrange training.
Common type B claims include:
- Unfair dismissal (ordinary and automatic)
Issue Fees and Hearing Fees Payable:
The issue fee payable by a single claimant is:
- Type A claim: £160
- Type B claim: £250
The hearing fee payable by a single claimant is:
- Type A claim: £230
- Type B claim: £950
If a party is receiving one of five qualifying benefits at the time when the fee is payable, they will not be required to pay the fee.
If a party’s gross annual income (together with that of their partner if they are a couple) is lower than an applicable threshold at the time when the fee is payable, they will not be required to pay the fee.
A party who has not qualified for a full remission by reference to receipt of qualifying benefits or their gross annual income may qualify for a full or part remission of fees by reference to their disposable net monthly income.
Further information about Employment Tribunal Fees can be obtained here.
ACAS, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Law Centres provide fee legal advice to employees
Any insurance policies you have may provide you with legal expenses cover
If you are a member of a Union, you may be entitled to free legal representation