Fees for representation in employment tribunals can vary greatly depending on the type of claim you have. If you have further elements to your claim over and above standard unfair or wrongful dismissal (such as discrimination, for example), this will increase the overall costs we charge.
Initially, it is worth checking if you have any insurance that may cover a claim. Some household insurance policies include this type of cover. If this is not the case and you would like to instruct us our pricing structure is set out below.
Our costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal only are as follows:
£5,000-£10,000 plus VAT plus disbursements
Medium complexity case
£10,000-£20,000 plus VAT plus disbursements
High complexity case
£20,000-£50,000 plus VAT plus disbursements
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 are limited occasions when we may consider acting on a ‘Damages Based Agreement’ or ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ basis where we are either:
- not paid,
- paid a limited amount of our fees as the matter progresses and we agree to take a certain percentage of any settlement monies you recover, or
- paid an agreed fee together with a success fee.
Please ask to see if your case may be considered.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees and Barristers fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees are estimated at between £500 to £1000 per day including preparation and depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing.
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 it 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 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 be arranged according to your individual needs and we can advise you of our charges should you wish to instruct us on that basis.
How long will it take?
The time 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 4-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 30-52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.