In the interests of transparency, this guide aims to provide you with some practical guidance on our estimated fees for advising and representing you in bringing or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal.
Our estimated range of fees for advising you and representing you in bringing and defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal are:
• Simple case: £7,500 - £15,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)
• Medium complexity case: £15,000 - £20,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)
• High complexity case: £20,000 - £25,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)
Our fees are normally calculated on the basis of an hourly rate of £200 plus VAT by reference to the amount of time that is spent dealing with your case.
Factors that could make a case more complex and therefore affect our fees:
• 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
• The duration of any hearing fixed by the employment tribunal.
In addition, we will charge you for any third party expenses we incur on your behalf. These are known as disbursements, and include items such as travel and accommodation expenses and barrister’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Barrister’s fees typically range between £750 to £5,000 plus VAT per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending an employment 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 subject to change)
• Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
• Preparing the claim or response
• Reviewing and advising on the 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 a Final Hearing, including instructions to the barrister who will represent you at that hearing
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, our fees will be lower than anticipated above. 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.
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 between four to eight weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case may take six to twelve 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.
Your matter will be handled by the firm’s Principal, Richard Shears, a Solicitor Advocate with over twelve years’ post qualification experience. A link to his web profile, which includes details of his qualifications and experience, is available here.