Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment Tribunal Fees

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL CLAIMS FOR UNFAIR OR WRONGFUL DISMISSAL 

1. Fees

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

a. Simple case: £3000 -£10,000 (excluding VAT)

b. Medium complexity case: £8,000- £15,000 (excluding VAT)

c. High complexity case: £15,000 – £30,000 (excluding VAT)

1.2. All the above are estimates only and are not fixed fees and are based on the partner’s    hourly rate of £350 plus VAT. The above estimates exclude disbursements which are           payable in addition to these fees (please see these below).

1.3. Where are our work is charged on an hourly rate basis, our hourly rates will be charged as follows depending on the experience and qualifications of the team member carrying out the work required on your matter:         

Team Member

Hourly Rate

Partner

£350 + vat per hour

Assistant/Associate

£225 + vat per hour

Trainee

£175 + vat per hour

Paralegal

£150 + vat per hour

1.4. Please note often work carried out will be charged on a combination of these rates depending on which aspect of the work is carried out by whom.

2. Factors that could make a case more complex

2.1. If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further

information about an existing claim

2.2. Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person

2.3. Making or defending a costs application

2.4. 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

2.7. Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

3. Additional Costs

3.1. There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1000 per day (excluding VAT).

3.2.  The length of any Tribunal Hearing will depend on the Tribunal’s scheduling of the Hearing and the complexity of your case. Generally, we would allow 1 -3 days depending on the complexity of your case.

4. Disbursements

4.1. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.  Once we receiver the monies from you for the disbursements we handle the payment of them on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

4.2. Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £1500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate, the complexity of the case) for attending a Tribunal Hearing.

5. What work is involved in my matter?

5.1. 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 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 Counsel

5.2. 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.

6. How long will my matter take?

6.1. 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.

6.2. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6 -12 weeks.

6.3. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 -12 months.

6.4. 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.

7. Who will be dealing with my matter?

7.1. The majority of the work that we undertake for clients is carried out by a qualified solicitor who may be assisted by a trainee solicitor, paralegal, legal executive or suitably experienced member of staff. The work will be supervised by a Partner.

8. VAT

8.1. Where applicable, Vat will be charged at the prevailing rate.