Our experienced team of employment specialists aim to provide you with a professional and supportive service.
We have set out below our pricing structure to give you an idea of the cost of bringing or defending a claim in the Employment Tribunals. The estimates are based on an hourly rate of between £120 per hour to £250 per hour plus VAT. The higher the hourly rate the more experienced the person dealing with your matter.
The prices below give an estimate of costs. They are based on the number of hours work that we typically have to do to support you in your claim multiplied by an average hourly rate. The more complex the case the more hours of work it will take and so the higher the cost. When we first meet you we will be able to give you an estimate of the cost to you. If, for whatever reason, the cost estimate changes during your case we will discuss this with you and explain why. The costs below are just to provide you with some idea of what the costs would be from the start of your case all the way through to a hearing.
If you have legal expenses insurance this may cover our fees. Look on any of the insurance policies you have (house insurance, car insurance etc) to see if legal expenses insurance is covered.
A simple case – bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
A simple case would be one that did not have any of the complicating factors set out below. To deal with the case up to the hearing would take in the region of 30 to 40 hours work. Taking an average hourly rate of £185 per hour plus VAT (charged at 20%) would give an estimate of £5,550 to £7,400 plus VAT (charged at 20%).
A more complex case – bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
More complex cases may include an extra claim (for example a discrimination claim). Dealing with a case like this up to the hearing would require between 40 and 50 hours work. Taking an average hourly rate of £185 plus VAT (charged at 20%) average costs would be between £7,400 – £9,250 plus VAT (charged at 20%).
High complexity case – bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
These cases will involve a number of complex claims and the time spent in dealing with the claim and spent in a tribunal is likely to be longer because of this. Dealing with a case like this up to the hearing would require between 50 and 60 hours work. Taking an average hourly rate of £185 plus VAT (charged at 20%) average costs would be between £9,250 – £11,100 plus VAT (charged at 20%).
These are issues that could make a case more complicated
- 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 (people who represent themselves);
- 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.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as fees for a barrister to attend court for you. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Fees for a barrister vary depending on how experienced they are. One day hearings can be between £1,500 and £3,000 plus VAT (charged at 20%). Two day hearings can be in the region of £2,500 to £4,500 plus VAT (charged at 20%) and three day hearings in the region of £4,000 to £10,000 plus VAT (charged at 20%).
We will discuss the use of a barrister on your case and the costs involved. Using a barrister for you may reduce the costs that we charge you where we do not have the costs of preparation for tribunal.
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 necessary to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing the claim or response;
- Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the 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;
- 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 a barrister.
This is an indication of the main stages of a case. If some of the stages above are not required, the fee may be reduced.
Alternatively you may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged in discussion with us.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from 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 2 – 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take in the region of 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.
Settlement Agreement or Compromise Agreement
Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures
Unfair Treatment at Work
Contracts of Employment
Dismissal and Employment Tribunal
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