EMPLOYMENT COSTS

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £5000 - £7500 (exc. VAT)

Medium complexity case: £7500 - £10,000 (exc. VAT)

High complexity case: £10,000 - £15,000 (exc. VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:-

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim;

  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person;

  • Making or defending a costs application;

  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties);

  • The number of witnesses and documents;

  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer;

  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £500 per day (exc. VAT). Generally, we would not expect a simple case to take more than 1 day but any other case may take 2 - 5 days depending on the complexity of your case. 

Other funding options may be available, such as cover under insurance policy and/or Union funding - we will discuss this with you at your first appointment. 

We may also be prepared to deal with your claim on a No Win No Fee basis once we have a Barrister's advice that your claim is likely to be successful. Any work undertaken before that advice is obtained will need to be paid for on a private fee paying basis, unless we have to issue proceedings for you because we are instructed late. We would not expect this to exceed £500 - £1000 (plus VAT).

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. 

Counsel's fees are estimated between £1000 to £1500 per day (depending on the experience of the Advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). 

We remind you that other funding options may be available, such as cover under insurance policy and/or Union funding - we will discuss this with you at your first appointment. 

Key Stages

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 merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change);

  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;

  • Preparing claim or response;

  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party;

  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;

  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss;

  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;

  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;

  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;

  • Preparing a bundle of documents for the Tribunal;

  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements;

  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;

  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required then the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 10 - 12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20 - 36 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will, of course, be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

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