Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
(1 day) £9,000 - £16,000 plus VAT at 20%
Medium complexity case
(2-3 days) £16,000 - £45,000 plus VAT at 20%
High complexity case
(4 days or more) £45,000 - £125,000+ plus VAT at 20%
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of between £900 and £2,700 per day (excluding VAT), depending on their hourly rate of the employment lawyer.
The following is a table of hourly rates (excluding VAT):
What is included
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 the other party;
exploring 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 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 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 wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also 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, and its complexity (see above). If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6 to 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case will be heard on the date fixed by the Tribunal, often having regard to all parties’ availability. We would expect simple cases to be heard within 6 months. This is largely dependent also upon the resources of the Tribunal centre responsible for your case. More complex/longer cases could take over a year to be heard. Anything longer than 18 months for a full hearing is still regarded as unusual, though not unheard of. 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.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses or counsel’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees can vary significantly (depending on the experience and seniority of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). Counsel’s hourly rates can range from £150 to £450 + VAT. They tend to charge fixed fees for attending and preparing for hearings or advice meetings (conferences) or for providing written opinions or draft statements of case. When we instruct counsel, we will always agree their fees with you in advance and would ask for you to make a payment on account of their fees before the instructions are confirmed.