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How we charge employee clients for our help

Our guiding principle is to charge a fair and reasonable fee with no hidden costs or expenses. We want to avoid unexpected surprises about our fees for you.

Our Employee Charging Options

Before we start acting for you we will always discuss and agree with you how we will charge for our services. We will also set an initial cost budget or estimate with you so that you will know what we aim to do for you and how much your legal fees are likely to be.

As your case progresses we will keep you informed of the level of your costs incurred and our estimated future costs.

In most cases it is also important for us to keep under review the level of your legal fees against the value of your claim or dispute.

Agreed hourly rates

Most of our work is charged based on hourly rates and agreed cost budgets.

The hourly rates we offer reflect the experience of the solicitor(s) who will be acting for you and the complexity of your case.

Our hourly rates range from £185 plus VAT to £225 plus VAT. We think  you will find our rates competitive compared to other specialist employment law solicitors.


For some work we will be able to offer you a fixed-fee to carry out a specific task or step.

A good  example is when we are asked to review and advise on a director’s new service agreement or a manager’s contract of employment.

A fixed-fee becomes payable once you give us instructions to carry out the agreed work.

We act for many employee clients who have all or most of their legal fees paid for under a legal expenses insurance policy. It can be an excellent means of funding an employment tribunal claim, but will not normally cover advice and guidance work prior to an actual dismissal or resignation.

Many individuals have this type of insurance as an add-on to home contents or car insurance. Most people do not know or remember they have it! To check you should call your insurance broker or insurance company direct and ask.

Although you should have the right to select a solicitor of your choice, some insurers are not keen to volunteer this information to you. Instead the insurer will want you to use an in-house or their nominated solicitors. This approach can be fine but you may well not get the same level of advice or service compared to Quantrills. At Quantrills we guarantee that your case will be handled by an experienced and qualified employment law solicitor, not a paralegal or an unqualified case worker. If you want to appoint Quantrills to deal with your claim please call us to discuss how best to complete the application form for cover.

Payment from your employer

Win or lose at an employment tribunal neither party is normally entitled to recover any legal costs.

Invariably, as part of a negotiated settlement, an employer (or ex-employer) will agree to pay a contribution towards the employee’s legal costs and VAT. In some cases the employer will pay all legal fees.

If you are being asked to sign a settlement agreement you should expect your employer to contribute towards your legal fees.

Trade Union or Professional Association funding

If you are a member of a trade union (or professional association) your membership may entitle you to receive legal help from the union’s in-house advisers. If so this may save you having to pay privately for your employment law advice and representation. It is therefore worth checking. Ordinarily a union will not pay us to act for you; there are exceptions when our fees are paid for by the union on behalf of an employee client. We would be happy to discuss this option in more detail with you.

No win no fee

We do not offer any form of no win no fee arrangements. These do not work successfully in employment law cases. In our experience an employee client can easily lose out under these arrangements.

Becoming our client is a straightforward process. However, before choosing Quantrills as your employment law solicitors you and us will want to be completely sure we are the right people to help you achieve your objectives. Having looked at our web site, if you like our approach and would like to discuss how we can help you, getting started is easy.

Step 1

Get in touch

Tell us briefly about your problem and the help you are looking for.

Step 2

We’ll contact you

We’ll follow up with a free no obligation initial telephone call to discuss your case, how we can help and explain our fees. Read more...

Step 3

Invitation to become our client

If we can help you, we’ll invite you to become our client by sending you a Client Care letter confirming the work we’ll do for you, our terms of business, and fees.

Step 4

You instruct us

If you want to go ahead and instruct us, you confirm this by email or letter.

Step 5

We’ll start to act for you

Congratulations! You are now a client of Quantrills and we can start work on your instructions and give you our advice.

At Quantrills we are flexible in how we work with you and how we progress your case...

By Telephone

We welcome calls from our clients. Call us any time between 08.30AM to 5.30PM Monday to Friday to discuss your case. We will do our best to speak with you when you call, or if we can’t, you will get a call back as soon as possible.

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In Person

If it’s more convenient for you do come and see us. We do an excellent coffee. Whilst many of our clients don’t visit us, our offices are easy to find being just off junction 56 on the A14. Client meetings are by appointment and there is free car parking in front of our reception.

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By Email

We love emails; they help save time and avoid delays. Our case management system is set up to make the best use of them.

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Making sure you get the right advice

- for you and us, it's personal.

Simon Quantrill, Principal Solicitor

Contact me on

01473 688 100

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