What does No win No fee mean in Employment Law?
In employment law, No Win No Fee agreement (also called a Damages based Agreement or “DBA”) means that you can make an Employment Law Tribunal claim without having to find and pay your Solicitors’ fees upfront.
You will only have to pay your Solicitors fee if your employment tribunal claim is successful whether by a negotiated settlement or a contested Tribunal hearing out of any damages we successfully recover on your behalf. *
What will I have to pay?
If we are successful in winning your employment case, the fee you will pay will be 35% (including VAT) of any damages recovered. Similarly, if we obtain a settlement on your behalf, we will retain 35% (including VAT) of any settlement received. That is the absolute maximum percentage that any Solicitor is able to charge you for their fee.
Will I have to pay any fees if my claim is unsuccessful?
In the event that you are unsuccessful with your employment claim, you will not have to pay any legal fees to us as your Solicitor, only disbursements that we have incurred in acting on your behalf and with your authority. For example, fees for a medical report (if required), or fees paid to a specialist employment law barrister for representing you at any substantive hearing (if required).
Having said that, about 70% of cases will settle before getting to Final hearing, so the disbursement of the barrister’s costs of representation are not required or incurred.
When you contact our expert employment law team, we will book you in for a free consultation and advise you on whether we believe you have an employment law Tribunal claim that we can assist you with on a No Win No Fee basis.
Please, however, note that there are very strict time limits that apply to employment tribunal claims. Therefore, it is of great importance that you seek legal advice from our employment law solicitors as soon as you can.
Read more about Employment Tribunal Time Limits