Information of Pricing

Employment

 

Range of costs

 

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

Simple case: £4,000-£8,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Medium complexity case: £8,000 - £10,000 (excluding VAT)

 

High complexity case: £10,000 plus (excluding VAT)

 

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • 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 of £500 per day (excluding VAT).

 

Disbursements

 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel's fees estimated between £1000 to 2000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key stages

 

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

 

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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take up to 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 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.

Fixed Fees

 

We also undertake Employment work on a fixed fee basis, please contact us farther to discuss as the fixed fee can vary from £300 - £3000 dependant of the level of support required.

Conditional Fee Arrangements (CFA)

 

We offer an initial free case review in some cases. However, this may not always be appropriate and is assessed on a case by case basis. If we consider that the claim has sufficient prospects of success, we may offer to represent you on a no win no fee basis (CFA).

Success Fee

 

If a CFA is offered our success fee is 35%. This figure includes VAT at the standard rate, currently 20%.

If you lose the case, you do not pay us anything except any disbursements including those we pay on your behalf.

If you end the Agreement before the case is won or lost, against our advice or without our prior agreement, you must pay our costs at the rate of £150.00 an hour plus VAT at the standard rate (currently 20%).

Likely Time Scales

From the date we receive the necessary information, we will endeavour to carry out the case review within 14 days. However, this time scale may vary depending on the level of documentation involved and the complexity of the case.

 

What is not Covered by a CFA

  • Travel and accommodation costs (If required).

  • Any counterclaim against you. 

  • Any appeal you make against any decision of the Employment Tribunal or any appeal made by your opponent or reference to the European Court of Justice.

  • Representation by a barrister at the hearing.

  • Payment of any fees payable to the Employment Tribunal in respect of your claim.

  • Any other disbursements payable.

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Tel: 01670 536 270

Fax: 01670 457 415

 

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