Employment Law Pricing

We offer one hour initial fixed fee interviews to meet with you to understand the facts of your case and advise on the merits of bringing/defending claims. Our charges for fixed fee interview are between £234 and £258 (including VAT) depending on the seniority of the solicitor advising you.

Our estimated charges for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are as follows:-

Simple case: £4,800.00 – £9,600.00 (including VAT)

Medium complexity case: £9,600.00 – 18,000.00 (including VAT)

High complexity case: £18,000.00 – £24,000.00 (including VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex are as follows:-

• 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)
• Complex discrimination claims
• 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 £2,000.00 – £2,500.00 per day (including VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-5 days depending on the complexity of your case. The more complex a case, the more likely the final hearing/trial will be longer.

Disbursements

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

Counsel’s fees are estimated between £150.00 to £600.00 (including VAT) per hour (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. Counsel fees are charged by the hour for attendance at a Tribunal Hearing and also for preparation and drafting of documents.

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 which we will gage from the initial fixed fee meeting with you.

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 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-18 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.

 

The overall supervisor for work undertaken by staff in our Employment Department is James Sommerville.