As I tell my employee clients: Costs should never be a barrier to receiving quality legal advice. I promote "access to justice" with ethical-based pricing options. In providing transparent fee structures, I aim to assist you in your decision-making and risk-assessment processes. It's never straight forward.
I am a "people" focused representative. The law doesn't change whether you are an employee or an employer; and neither does my advice. I don't make the law, but I can help you navigate it.
I provide a "no bullshit" approach to employment law; providing you with legal, pragmatic and realistic options for managing your employment relationships.
Option One: Free Initial Consultation
I recognise that sometimes, employers simply need a steer in the right direction. For this reason, I provide a free initial consultation to discuss employment issues.
In these conversations, my aim is to provide you with the tools you need to make an informed decision about whether you are able to handle the situation yourself, or whether you should consider seeking legal representation.
If you require further representation, you can choose to engage me.
Option Two: Hourly Rate
An hourly rate option will be appropriate if you require representation during the employment relationship.
This can include representation at a formal meeting, or if you require a letter drafted for your employee.
The average rate for employment law services can range between $300 - $500 + GST.
My hourly rate is $200 + GST
Option Three: Genuine Mistake
I may agree to provide a fixed-fee scheme to mediation. This will be applied in cases where you understand that you have made a mistake, and you would like to engage with the employee in good faith to resolve the matter within your means.
Mistakes happen. It's OK. I'm glad you've admitted it. Let's use this as a learning curve.
My fees should never be a barrier to resolution. The less you pay me, the more you have available to pay the employee.
In these circumstances, I will agree to a fixed-fee of only $2,000 + GST to progress your matter to mediation, where I will then negotiate a resolution that is agreeable by both parties.
If the employee wishes to progress to the Employment Relations Authority, we will discuss potential fees at that stage.
Option Four: Frivolous or Vexatious Cases
I may agree to provide a fixed-fee scheme to the Employment Relations Authority. This will be in applied in cases where I believe that the personal grievance may be unfair.
My costs should never be a barrier to access to justice. I do not agree with the mantra that it is cheaper to settle than to progress to the Employment Relations Authority.
Did you know, it costs on average $15,000 in legal fees to progress to the Employment Relations Authority. If you are successful in defending the personal grievance, you are only awarded a maximum $4,500 towards your legal fees.
The cost of my representation:
A fixed-fee of $2,000 + GST to respond to the personal grievance and attend mediation.
A fixed-fee of $4,500 + GST to progress from mediation to the Employment Relations Authority.
These fees are all-inclusive, but may include travel and accommodation costs if I am required to travel.
There are no hidden fees.