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  • Areas of work

    We undertake public access work across our wide areas of expertise both for businesses and individuals. In relation to some of these areas further information appears below:

    Employment

    Please see under Commercial Dispute Resolution for information about our experience in the full range of Employment and Executive Disputes.

    In relation to straightforward unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims our barristers can advise both employees and employers and represent them at the Employment Tribunal.

    Timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents and the other side’s approach. However, as a guide more straightforward cases tend to have a hearing date four to six months of a claim being made.

    Our fees for this work will be calculated on the basis of each barrister’s hourly rate, to which VAT will be added, and the time taken to undertake the work. Indicative fees for the key stages are: 

            Stage of case                                                              Range of hourly rates (estimates)

    Written advice on your claim £180 – £300, approximately 3 to 10 hours
    Preparation of case, including meetings with you and assistance with drafting of any tribunal documents £180 – £300, approximately 5 to 8 hours
    Preliminary hearing £180 – £300, approximately 3 to 10 hours
    Preparation and first day’s tribunal appearance £180 – £300, approximately 12 to 20 hours
    Tribunal appearances per day, after the first day £180 – £300, approximately 10 to 12 hours per day
    Remedy hearing (to decide compensation) £130 – £300, approximately 6 to 16 hours

    If your case is more complex or for a quotation in relation to your specific case please contact us at publicaccess@hardwicke.co.uk.

    Winding-up petitions

    If you are owed £750 or more by a company and are able to prove that the company cannot pay you, you may be able to apply to a court to close or ‘wind-up’ the company. Our barristers can advise you on the process of issuing a winding-up petition and represent you at the court hearing. If you are company which has had a winding-up petition issued against you, our barristers can also advise you on the process of defending it and represent you at the court hearing.  None of our barristers is authorised to conduct litigation so you will need to tackle some tasks as a litigant in person. If you are unsure that you feel able to deal with such tasks, you may need a solicitor to assist you. Please contact us at publicaccess@hardwicke.co.uk  if you would like to discuss this.

    Timescales may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the need for additional documents and court waiting times. However, as a guide the courts tend to have a hearing date eight to ten weeks after a winding-up petition is issued.

    Our fees will be calculated on the basis of each barrister’s hourly rate, to which VAT will be added, and the time taken to undertake the work. Indicative fees for the key stages are:

        Stage of case                                                             Range of hourly rates (estimates)

    Advice on issuing or defending winding-up petition £250 to £350, approximately half to 1 hour
    Assistance with completion of forms and all necessary steps to take £250 to £350, approximately 1 hour
    Preparation for and attendance at court hearing £250 to £350, approximately 1 hour

     

    These are estimates only and if you would like a quotation in relation to your case please contact us at publicaccess@hardwicke.co.uk

    Inheritance Act advices

    Please see under Contentious Probate and Inheritance Act Claims for information about our expertise in this area.

    Our barristers can provide public access clients with advice in relation to bringing or defending claims under the Inheritance Act 1975. The Inheritance Act 1975 protects spouses (including former spouses), cohabitants, children and other dependants when a person dies without leaving sufficient money for the dependent’s continued wellbeing. Our barristers can provide you with written advice on whether you can make a claim under the Act. Our barristers can also provide you with written advice when a person dies and you are a beneficiary of the estate, but someone else makes a claim under the Act.

    Timescales for your written advice may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the value and complexity of the deceased person’s estate, your financial needs and those of any beneficiary of the estate. However, claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 must be made within six months of the grant of probate, so, as a guide, your written advice will be available within two to four weeks where possible.

    Our fees for providing written advice on making or defending a claim will be calculated on the basis of each barrister’s hourly rate, to which VAT will be added, and the time taken to undertake the work. The estimated range of hourly rates is currently £150 to £424 plus VAT and the time taken is likely to be between 8 and 16 hours.

    If the deceased person’s estate is worth more than £300,000 or you would like a quotation for your specific case please contact us at publicaccess@hardwicke.co.uk.

  • If you have concerns

    We take pride in providing a high quality of service to all our clients and hope that you will be entirely satisfied. However, if you have any concerns please see here to find details of how to raise these with us.

     

  • General information for lay clients

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