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Advice other than for settlement agreements

For employment law matters other than settlement agreements, being a boutique practice means that our charge rate is very competitive for central London. Your first telephone call or written contact with us is at no cost.

If you decide to formally instruct Aeon Solicitors, then we can offer a fixed fee advice for reviewing a new employment contract or director’s service agreement for a new job.

For most other matters our normal method of charging is by reference to the time spent on the matter. The first 30 minutes of the initial instruction meeting will be free of charge, and after that our hourly charge rate is £180 plus disbursements (such as barristers’ fees and expenses as relevant to the case).

We will provide an estimate of your legal costs for a specific stage or work, or if possible for the full advice.

The time spent on your matter is recorded by Aeon Solicitors, and a time excerpt summarising the work undertaken always accompanies our invoices

Key stages in tribunal

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 the merits of your claim and the potential compensation (this has to be revisited throughout the matter and is subject to change as the case progresses)
  • Entering into early conciliation (before you file your claim at the employment tribunal you have to apply to ACAS for early conciliation) to explore whether a settlement can be reached and litigation can be avoided;
  • If no early resolution, then preparing the claim for filing in the employment tribunal
  • Reviewing and advising on the defendant’s response to your claim
  • Preparing the schedule of loss (that is, setting out the value of damages sought)
  • Preparing for and attending a preliminary hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the defendant and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking your witness statement and those of any other witnesses you may have preparing bundle of documents
  • Having exchanged documents with the other side, reviewing and advising on the defendant’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues and a chronology
  • Preparation and attendance at final hearing, including instructions to Counsel
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instruction to the final resolution of your case depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved.

If a settlement is reached during early conciliation with ACAS, your case is likely to take between 3 to 6 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a final hearing in an employment tribunal, your case is likely to take 5 to 10 months. This is just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

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When are they used? What is in them? Use our guide to understand more about settlement agreements

Depends on a variety of factors. We will advise about the particulars of your situation and explain how much compensation is appropriate

Is a settlement agreement offered when employees are redundant? Find out more on our redundancy pages

We seek to address your legal needs in a way that suits you. For certain matters we can offer a fixed fee arrangement. Learn more about costs with Aeon settlements

Discover more about the terms that the employer will include in the settlement agreement.

  • “ Thank you for everything: your professionalism, responsiveness and wise counsel. You were simply brilliant! “
  • “ Have just collected the signed papers - thank you again for your excellent service and support. “
  • “ I know I’ve said it already but many thanks for all your work, help and support with the offer! If any of my friends or colleagues ever have to go through this I will make sure Irecommend you to them. You’ve been amazing! “
  • “ Your help and advice much appreciated, and for being so approachable. “
  • “ Thank you so much for all your help with my settlement and for the support over the past couple of weeks – I couldn’t have done it without you “
  • “ Thank you for everything you did to get my settlement agreement done and dusted. Your advice made what could have been a very stressful time much more manageable “
  • “ Many thanks for your help with my redundancy settlement. My colleagues have spoken highly of you as well. “
  • “ Thank you so much for your help during a stressful time – it’s not easy dealing with a former company but you were very supportive and helped at each step of the process. “

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