This firm undertakes litigation, Employment Tribunals, advocacy and mediation. Where possible Law Tribe seeks access to justice. We actively seek ways of funding your claim, defence or appeal. You may have insurance cover as an add on to financial or insurance products, and you can instruct your insurer to pay us to act for you. If feasible crowd-funding is a option. We also have a means tested Access to Justice Service (AJS). If we have resources available and if we can make a difference we will represent client's free of charge to the client or for a reduced fee under our AJS.
We will also check whether you are entitled to Legal Aid. Please enquire.
A. Civil Litigation
We charge fixed fees, and/or hourly rate charges. Estimates are given in response to the factual and legal complexity of each matter. We also offer conditional (‘no-win-no-fee’) agreements.
B. Criminal Litigation
We charge fixed fees, and/or hourly rate charges. Estimates are given in response to the factual and legal complexity of each matter.
Law Tribe is a private client firm. We do not offer Legal Aid.
C. Employment Tribunals
We charge fixed fees, hourly rate charges or offer a No-Win-No-Fee agreement under which we are paid a percentage of the compensation we recover for you. This percentage varies between 15% and 35% depending on complexity and risk of losing. Estimates are given in response to the factual and legal complexity of each matter and whether we decide to fund your disbursement (see below).
a) Initial telephone advice: £150 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%).
b) Consideration of documents supplied prior to accepting instructions to start a Tribunal £499 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%).
c) Our price estimates for bringing or defending an Employment Tribunal claim for wrongful or unfair dismissal
Simple case: £2,000 - £5,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
Medium complexity case: £5.000 - £10,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
High complexity case: £10,000-£30,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
If we charge on an hourly rate, the rate varies depending on the member of staff dealing with your matter. Our lowest hourly rate is £121 and our highest hourly rate is £267. The seniority of the members of staff dealing with your case will depend on its complexity. We will discuss this with you when you instruct us.
d) Factors that could make a case more complex:
If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
Making or defending a costs application.
Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
The number of witnesses and documents.
If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable by you to third parties, such as expert witness fees of £500 - £5,000 excluding VAT, charged at 20%. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees estimated between £750 to £1,500 per day excluding VAT, charged at 20% (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
If we agree a ‘no-win-no-fee’ with you, unless otherwise agreed, you would need to pay disbursements not us.
f) Key stages
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change).
Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
Preparing claim or response.
Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.
Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.
Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
Taking witness statements, drafting statements, and agreeing their content with witnesses.
Preparing bundle of documents.
Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements.
Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list.
Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced.
g) How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 -18 months. This is just an estimate, and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
h) Who will conduct your Employment Tribunal Claim?
Your claim will be managed by Stephen Meachem who is a Solicitor Higher Courts Advocate and Barrister. His current practising certificate is that of a solicitor. Mr Meachem will, subject to your instructions, speak for you in the Employment Tribunal as Counsel. Mr Meachem has conducted Employment Tribunals at Law Tribe on a regular basis since 2013 as part of his litigation and advocacy practice (10% -15%). He was admitted as a solicitor in 2010 and is regulated by the SRA. He is partially regulated by the Bar Standards Board. He was called to the Bar in 1993. His hourly rate is £267 per hour (excluding VAT, charged at 20%).
D. We do not undertake the following:
Conveyancing (residential). Though we are property litigation experts.
Probate (uncontested). Though we are contested probate experts.
Motoring offences (summary offences). We do defend more serious motoring prosecutions.
Immigration (excluding asylum).
Debt recovery (up to £100,000).
Licensing applications (business premises)
LawTribe is a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
SRA No: 607190. VAT No. 176511700. Managing Partner: Stephen Meachem. Barrister members of Law Tribe are partially regulated by the Bar Standards Board.