- the other side acting in person;
- the costs being disputed by the other side;
- there being more witnesses or documents than normal;
- preliminary issues which may need to be determined by the tribunal.
Items to note The costs include the work involved with reviewing the relevant documents and advising on relevant legal principles, liaising with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, monitoring the prospects of settlement, making or defending the claim, preparing for and attending a case management conference, preparing witness statements and other relevant documents, preparing or agreeing upon a trial bundle, preparing for and attending the hearing, arranging advocacy on your behalf and dealing with remedies and compensation following the hearing.We will ask you to pay money at the beginning of the matter and again at particular stages of the case.If we agree to defer the payment of our costs by entering into a damages-based agreement or a conditional fee agreement, our fees are not payable until the end of the work. You will be asked to pay money that is due to other people as those costs arise during the case.The costs quoted above do not include enforcement action or any appeals.
Matters usually take 12 to 18 months to reach a final hearing. If there is an appeal or enforcement action is needed, the matter will take much longer to resolve.