Fees

The cost of high quality legal advice from the large (and not so large) law firms has soared over the last few years to be beyond the affordability of many businesses.

Price Transparency

Employment and Immigration

Employment

Our team has over 30 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to employment law.

We have three members of the team who may work on your matter. Abbiss Cadres is a partner led firm; anyone working on your Matter will be supervised by either David Widdowson, Head of Employment, or Guy Abbiss, Managing Partner.

David Widdowson

David is the head of the Employment Team. He qualified as a solicitor in 1985, specialising in employment law at an early stage, boasting over 30 years of experience in this field.

He has extensive experience in dealing with employment tribunal claims from the perspective of both business and individuals.

Guy Abbiss

Guy qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He has considerable experience in dealing with top executive employment matters.

July Verkade

July studied Music at the University of Cambridge, and completed both her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP law school.

She qualified as a solicitor in August 2018 after completing her training contract at Abbiss Cadres. July has experience of employment, tax, company, pensions, share incentives, and immigration law.

During her training contract, she worked on a number of employment claims for both businesses and individuals.

Prices Guidance

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

  • simple case: £13,500-£18,000 (excluding VAT);
  • medium complexity case: £22,500 - £35,000(excluding VAT); or
  • high complexity case: £45,000 - £135,000 (excluding VAT).

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims, strike out claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
  • Claims involving multiple Claimants or Respondents.
  • 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 and/or whistleblowing which are linked to the dismissal.
  • There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £4050 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel's fees are estimated between £1,500 to £5,000 plus VAT per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

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.
  • Reviewing and 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.
  • Conferences with counsel.
  • Drafting and 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. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

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 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 45-60 weeks. This is just an estimate and is heavily dependent on Employment Tribunal resources. We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Immigration

Our team has over 18 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work on business immigration matters for companies, their employees and the employee’s families.

We have two members of the team who may work on your immigration matter. Abbiss Cadres is a partner led firm; anyone working on your matter will be supervised by Guy Abbiss, Managing Partner, for the purposes of SRA rules.

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan leads our immigration team and has more than 20 years experienced in this area.

Jonathan qualified as a Barrister in 1994 after graduating in Law from Oxford University. He started practising in immigration law in 1997 and has focused exclusively in it since 2001. He is vastly experienced in all areas of immigration law, has lectured on it and produces the Bloomsbury online Immigration briefing.

Jonathan joined Abbiss Cadres in 2015 to lead our business immigration offering. He is experienced in all types of applications and has assisted thousands of people in applying for permission to be in the UK.

July Verkade

July studied Music at the University of Cambridge, and completed both her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP law school.

She qualified as a solicitor in August 2018 after completing her training contract at Abbiss Cadres. July has experience of employment, tax, company, pensions, share incentives, and immigration law.

During her training contract, she assisted on immigration applications for individuals and employees of businesses.

Nicole Caraglia

Nicole is a tax manager in the global mobility and international assignments team at Abbiss Cadres.

Beginning her training at Ernst and Young before joining Abbiss Cadres, Nicole has 5 years’ experience in international assignments.

Guy Abbiss

Guy Abbiss qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He is the supervisor on immigration matters for SRA purposes.

Immigration Pricing

Hourly Rates

Guy Abbiss Managing Partner £495
Jonathan Martin Senior Consultant £415
July Verkade Legal Associate (Solicitor) £275
Nicole Caraglia Tax Manager £250
Immigration Support Standard hours required
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 2 general (restricted CoS) migrants 4 – 5 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 2 general (unrestricted CoS) migrants 3.5 – 5 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 2 (intra-company transfer) migrants 3 – 4.5 hours
Applications to extend leave to remain by Tier 2 migrants 2 – 3 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants 5 – 8 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 1 (Investor) migrants 4 – 6 hours
Applications for leave to remain by family members of points based system migrants 2 – 3 hours
Applications for leave to remain by other points based system migrants 3.5 – 5 hours
Applications to settle in the UK by points based system migrants and their families 3.5 – 5 hours
Applications for leave to enter the UK or remain her by representatives of an overseas business 4.5 – 6 hours
Applications by EU nationals for proof of residence 2 – 3 hours
Applications by EU nationals to settle in the UK 4 – 6 hours
Applications to become a British citizen 3.5 – 5 hours

The suggested number of hours quoted above are in respect of time spent on the applications by the Senior Consultant. The work will include considering documents, discussing the application with the applicant, taking their instructions and giving advice, advising on timelines, preparing and submitting the application and advising on the outcome. If your case is particularly complicated or there are a large number of complex documents to be considered or obtained it may be necessary to exceed the number of hours at the upper limit set out above.

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. We will normally be able to submit applications within 3 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

All applications are likely to vary and we can give a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case. Unless otherwise agreed all applications and advisory time will be charged on a time-spent basis at the hourly rates set out above but we would be happy to agree fixed rates if you prefer.

The time estimates above are per visa and exclude relevant government fees, VAT and expenses.

If you are thinking of instructing us then please do contact us for our rates in relation to areas of our practice offering not mentioned above. If day to day transparency on fees is important to you we can give you access to details of your billed and unbilled costs through Online Services.

Discounting

We offer discounts to those who make significant commitments to work with us.

Legal Advisory

For legal advisory services if we are unable to give you a clear fixed fee or capped fee quote, we are happy to give estimates of what each step of the process will cost and explain any variance to you.

Legal Products

Where we are producing an agreed output to an agreed specification we are happy to give capped and fixed fee pricing arrangements.