Please note that the vast majority of employment cases settle before reaching the tribunal, so our fees will not usually reach the levels set out below. However, for cases that do reach the Employment Tribunal, our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are between the following ranges: - Simple cases: £20,000 - £24,000 (excluding VAT) - Medium complexity cases: £25,000 - £39,000 (excluding VAT) - High complexity cases: £40,000 - £60,000 (excluding VAT)
- 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 (whether a hearing on a preliminary issue or a final hearing should you require us to do so) of £2,500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 - 3 days for a final hearing depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process, although we will usually require you to pay us in advance for any disbursements that we have to incur on your behalf.
Counsel's fees are estimated at between £750 and £5,000 per day (excluding VAT, and depending on the seniority and experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
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 is subject to change); - Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached; - Preparing your claim or response; - Reviewing and advising you on a claim or a response from the other party; - Exploring settlement and negotiating a 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 bundle of documents; - Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements; - Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list; and - Preparation and attendance at a Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel. The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may alternatively wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged based on your individual needs.
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 4 - 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 - 9 months. 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.