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Price Transparency Policy

We are required by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority to publish information on the prices we charge for certain services. Those services include employment tribunal claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal where we act for members of the public and for business, motoring offences and debt recovery.

Employment tribunal claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal

The information on this page does not apply to you or your organisation where you have agreed a different charging arrangement with us.

Our standard, non-discounted hourly rates for employment tribunal claims are set out below. All stated prices are exclusive of VAT.

Partners £325
Senior associates £300
Solicitors £200
Paralegals £180

The amount of work we do (and therefore our costs) in an employment tribunal claim will depend on the type of claim and the circumstances of the case. An important factor is whether there is a linked claim such as discrimination or whistleblowing because these types of additional claims will usually increase the complexity of the case and the number of witnesses who may be required. Another factor that impacts on the likely legal costs is the length of the final hearing, which is determined by the employment tribunal, based on the complexity of the case and the number of witnesses.

We make our pricing structure and our estimate of costs clear at the outset of each case and, where appropriate, keep that estimate under review.

It is important to note that we will always try and resolve the matter at hand as quickly as possible therefore limiting your legal expense.

Depending on complexity, it can take between three months and eighteen months (or longer) to prepare an unfair/wrongful dismissal case for a final hearing. Some cases require several preliminary hearings during the months leading up to a final hearing.

A hearing for a straightforward claim such as wrongful dismissal can usually be heard by an employment tribunal within one day. Unfair dismissal hearings often last between two and five days. Cases involving more complicated claims such as discrimination and whistleblowing, or where there are many witnesses, can take three weeks or longer to be heard. A typical case can range between £10,000 to £20,000 plus VAT should the matter proceed to Trial.

Disbursements (expenses) will include the use of Counsel, where appropriate. Counsel’s fees are negotiated on your behalf and agreed with you. Counsel’s fees vary with their relevant seniority and experience.

These costs do not include the cost of challenging or appealing against the employment tribunal’s decisions. Of course, the rule of thumb referred to above is only very approximate and cannot take account of the specific circumstances of the case.

Motoring Offences

Where possible, we will endeavour to operate a fixed fee system and will agree the fee with you in advance of your case. This provides you with certainty that your case will not cost you anymore than agreed and allows us to concentrate upon the task of obtaining a successful outcome on your behalf. For example, a typical case can range between £1,000 to £10,000 plus VAT.

In more complex cases and for those requiring our highest possible level of service and personal representation by the firm’s Partners, Neal Gozzett and Maria Monan, we also carry out work on an hourly basis. In those cases, we will provide a very clear estimate of costs from the start and will keep you updated of the costs throughout your case. Our standard non-discounted hourly rates for cases such as this are set out below. All stated prices are exclusive of VAT.

Partners £325
Senior associates £300
Solicitors £200
Paralegals £180

It is important to note, from the outset, that we will always try and resolve the matter at hand as quickly as possible therefore limiting your legal expense

Legal Aid

For the majority of motoring offences, save for the most serious offences where a person is at risk of a custodial sentence legal aid is not available and is also subject to a person’s financial eligibility. Therefore, in the majority of cases a person wishing to have legal representation for their motoring case will have to fund their representation privately.

At Monan Gozzett Solicitors we do not undertake work on a legal aid basis as this allows us to provide the best possible level of representation and to secure the best outcomes for our clients.

Recovering your costs

Where we successfully defend your case before the court, we shall endeavour to recover some of your legal costs.

Time To Pay

We appreciate that the cost of legal representation is not always affordable but believe that everyone should have access to high quality legal representation and justice. If you have difficulties paying our fees in one instalment, please speak to us about staged payments.

Debt recovery prices

The following sets out the costs for our commercial debt recovery work for claims up to the value of £100,000 against debtors located within England and Wales. Costs for debt claims above this value are available on request.
The costs below apply where the claim is for unpaid invoices which are not disputed.

If the other party disputes your claim at any point prior to issue of proceedings, we will discuss any further work required and provide revised costs – these costs could be on a fixed fee, hourly rate or other funding arrangement such as a damages-based agreement or a conditional fee agreement, depending on the circumstances of your case.

An estimate of our fees are set out below, but it is important to note that we will always try and resolve the matter at hand as quickly as possible therefore limiting your legal expense.

Stage 1: Pre-action

1.    Simple letter before action (LBA)
  • Single one-time instruction - £75 plus VAT
  • Repeat Retainer - £50 plus VAT
2.    Fully compliant Pre-Action Protocol compliant letter
  • Single one-time instructions - £200 plus VAT
  • Repeat Retainer - £250 plus VAT
Timescale

Our simple LBAs normally require the debtor to pay within 7, 14, 21 or 28 days depending on our client’s instructions.

For fully compliant Pre-Action Protocol compliant letters, the debtor has a minimum of 30 days to respond and this can be extended to up to 90 days in complex cases.

Stage 2: Issuing legal proceedings

We issue all debt recovery claims to the relevant Court depending on the value that is owed.

For claims exceeding £10,000 and/or where a bespoke particulars of claim is required (for example, if the claim is particularly complex), we may charge an additional fee.

Our standard non-discounted hourly rates for cases such as this are set out below. All stated prices are exclusive of VAT.

Partners £325
Senior associates £300
Solicitors £200
Paralegals £180

Timescale

A defendant will have 14 days from receipt of the claim form and/or particulars of claim in which to respond by filing an acknowledgement of service or a defence. If the defendant does not respond in time you can request judgment for the claim debt in default. If an acknowledgement of service is filed within 14 days of service of the claim form, the defendant then has a further 14 days to file a defence to the claim. If the defendant then fails to file a defence, judgment can be entered in default.

Stage 3: Requesting judgment

As mentioned above, if the debtor does not respond to your claim in time, you can request that the court orders them to pay and enters judgment against them. Fees for this will be discussed with you at the stage this course of action becomes relevant. These costs are recoverable from the debtor should they then pay up.

Stage 4: Enforcement of judgment against debtors

If you successfully obtain judgment against the debtor, you can instruct High Court Enforcement Officers (the HCEO) to try and enforce the judgment and recover payment.

If the debtor is unable to pay the judgment and the HCEO cannot enforce, you will be required to pay the HCEO an abortive fee which will depend of the HCEO is used.

If it is necessary to correspond or otherwise liaise with the HCEO regarding the instruction, additional charges may apply which will be based on the hourly rate of the solicitor conducting your matter.

Timescale

Once the HCEO has been instructed, they will apply to transfer the judgment to the High Court. This can take 4-8 weeks subject to the court’s availability. The HCEO will then send a notice of enforcement to the debtor giving them seven days to pay. If the debtor fails to pay within this timeframe, an enforcement officer will be sent to attend their premises to try and make a recovery.

Additional services

Winding-up petition against companies

Provided the debt is not subject to a genuine dispute or can be extinguished by a valid cross-claim by the debtor, it may be appropriate to present a winding-up petition against the company owing the debt. Winding-up petitions can also be used where the debt is based on a court judgment which has not been set aside, appealed or based on an expired statutory demand. Fees will depend on the circumstances at hand.

Timescales

It typically takes us 3-7 days from the date of instruction to draft and issue a petition and send it out to a process server for service.

Probate and estate administration 

The fees involved in a probate matter can vary from case to case and this will depend on the individual circumstances. Some cases are simple and some are more complex.
 
We offer both fixed fees (between 2-4% of the gross estate) or an hourly rate charging package, whereby you will be charged for each hour of work undertaken on the case. In more complex cases we may also charge a value element depending on the complexity of the assets involved. This is generally charged as an hourly rate, depending on the number of hours spent on this matter together with a percentage of the estate.  The percentages where Monan Gozzett are not executors are 1% of the gross estate (including aggregable assets, such as trusts) excluding the deceased’s property, and 0.5% of the value of the residence plus VAT.  Where Monan Gozzett are executors these increase to 1.5% and 0.75% respectively.
 
Partners are charged at £325 plus VAT, senior solicitors £300 plus VAT, solicitors £200 plus VAT, senior paralegals £180-£190 plus VAT and paralegals £150 plus VAT.  If you require any further information in relation to our pricing structure, please contact us.