No Win, No Fee

Costs should never be a barrier to receiving quality legal advice. I promote access to justice by providing an ethical "No Win, No Fee" pricing structure. This is a contingency fee model, whereby you are only charged if you receive a settlement.

You are ultimately responsible for these fees. However, in about 95% of cases, I am successful in recovering these fees directly from your employer instead.

Note that where "No Win, No Fee" does not apply, you may agree to engage my services at $200 + GST per hour.

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Initial Advice


I provide free initial advice to all potential clients. I will provide you with the tools you need to resolve the employment relationship yourself. I understand that there are many reasons you may not want to get a legal representative involved. 

I aim to empower you to be your own advocate.

I act as a "safety net" while you navigate the process yourself, and if you need a hand you can engage me on a "No Win, No Fee" basis at any of the stages below.

Representation During Employment

From $500 + GST

I understand the dilemma when you're faced with termination of your employment. On the one hand, you feel you need legal representation. However, on the other hand, you could potentially lose your job and you need to save every penny.

That's why I start my "No Win, No Fee" pricing structure while you're still employed.

If you've been invited to a meeting that threatens the termination of your employment, I can represent you on the basis that:

  • If you retain your role, the fee is $500 + GST.

  • If I am successful in negotiating a paid exit, the fee is $1,000 + GST.

  • If your employment is terminated, there will be no fee and you may continue with the personal grievance process.

These fees may increase or decrease depending on the nature of the matter. However, all fixed-fees will be discussed with you prior to commencing representation.

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Personal Grievance

The lesser of 33% or $1,500 + GST

A personal grievance is a letter which outlines your claims in accordance with section 103 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

I will raise a quality personal grievance within the 90-day time period, which articulates your legal claims and highlights your interests. I will be your voice.

If I resolve your dispute after raising the personal grievance, but before attending mediation, the fee will be the lesser of:

  • 33% of the total settlement amount; or

  • $1,500 + GST.

This category is also appropriate for other formal claims which carry financial remedies; such as breach of Holidays Act 2003, breach of Minimum Wage Act 1983, breach of Wages Protection Act 1983, breach of the Individual Employment Agreement, etc.


The lesser of 33% or $3,000 + GST

I act quickly to progress your claim to mediation; whether that be by agreement from your employer, or following an application to the Employment Relations Authority.

Mediation services is a free service provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It provides a confidential and 'without prejudice' forum for the parties to discuss the legal issues, and to explore resolution options. 

Most employment relationship problems will resolve at mediation, and there is virtually no risk of liability in progressing to mediation. It is a good forum to take your claims.

If I am successful in resolving the matter at mediation, the fee will be the lesser of:

  • 33% of the total settlement amount; or

  • $3,000 + GST.

Note that you may be asked to reimburse the $71.56 filing fee if I am required to apply to the Employment Relations Authority to progress the matter.

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Employment Relations Authority

OPTION ONE: Costs awarded at the ERA

If your employment relationship problem did not resolve either through informal settlement negotiations, or by attending mediation, you may choose to progress your claim to the Employment Relations Authority. 

The first option is to continue on a "No Win, No Fee" basis. If you are successful at the Employment Relations Authority, a member will issue a separate cost determination; compelling your employer to pay your legal fees. 

Unlike other "No Win, No Fee" advocates, I do not seek any further fees. You lost your employment. You were hurt and humiliated. These are your remedies to compensate you. Not me.

However, if you are unsuccessful at the Employment Relations Authority, you will likely be required to contribute to your employers legal fees. Understandably, this is a daunting outcome, and many clients choose not to progress past mediation to the Investigation Meeting for this reason.

Employment Relations Authority


Legal aid is income and asset tested, and depending on your situation you may be required to repay the fees incurred in progressing your claim. 

If you are successful at the Employment Relations Authority, I will make submissions to have your legal aid fees recovered from your employer as part of the costs determination.

Legal aid is a great option if you are concerned about the possibility of losing at the Employment Relations Authority. Traditionally, where an employee is represented by legal aid, the Employment Relations Authority has significantly reduced, or completely eliminated, the requirement for applicants to pay the other party's legal fees. 

However, you may be required to repay the legal aid fees to the Ministry of Justice. The fees payable (if any) are determined after considering your income and assets, and may be paid-off in accordance with a payment plan.

In this option, I am paid directly by the Ministry of Justice for the representation I provide you. In transparency, this is not a lucrative option for advocates: with only one legal aid provider progressing a claim to the Employment Relations Authority in 2019. However, I am motivated to use my legal aid status to promote access to justice.

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DIY Advocacy

Visit "Ashleigh the Associate" to gain access to the tools and knowledge you need to represent yourself in progressing your employment claims.

This is designed to help individuals who may have relatively low-valued claims, which do not justify the legal costs. 



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