Our Fees

This price list contains a range of our potential costs which you can expect to be charged when bringing or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal.

These charges vary on a case-by-case basis however by way of example:-

Simple case (1-2 day hearing): £7500.00-£10,000.00 (plus VAT)
Medium complexity case (3-5 day hearing): £10,000.00 – £15,000.00 (plus VAT)
High complexity case (5+ day hearing): £15,000.00 – £30,000.00 (plus VAT)

Costs for cases that involve elements of discrimination or whistleblowing can range between £15,000.00 – £50,000.00 (plus VAT) however this is dependent upon the complexity and issues involved.

We shall provide you with a tailored cost for your case upon instruction. Where the scope of work is known at the outset, we are able to offer a fixed fee for that work. However, where matters develop or progress outside of the initial scope of work, we will reevaluate the costs and offer either a further fixed fee or an hourly rate where this is more appropriate for the work involved.

We have a team of employment lawyers who will work on your matter. Their details can be found here.

Our usual hourly rates are:-
Solicitor/Director £250 plus VAT
Trainee Solicitor £175 plus VAT

Please note that VAT is calculated at 20%

Factors that can determine complexity:

  • ‘Further information’ is required: making or defending applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims that are brought by ‘litigants in person’. These claims can be more time-intensive due to the claimant’s lack of formal representation.
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Preliminary issues: if there are a number of preliminary issues or hearings to deal with, for example, whether a claim or defence has been brought in time, whether the claimant is entitled to bring the types of claim they wish to bring or whether for example, the claimant is disabled but the respondent does not agree.
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • Automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle.
  • Any application for interim relief in a whistleblowing claim
  • Any allegations of discrimination or other claims which are linked to the dismissal.
  • A large amount of paperwork relating to the matter.
  • One party acts unreasonably (although in this case we would seek to recover costs at the end of the claim by way of a costs application)

There will be an additional charge for one of our fee earners attending a Tribunal Hearing of £800.00 per day (plus VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days for a simple unfair dismissal claim but this can vary and will always depend on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as counsel’s fees or expert’s fees.

Counsel’s fees normally include an initial brief fee which can vary from £1,000.00 plus VAT to £5,000.00 plus VAT (depending on the experience of the barrister and the complexity of the case). The brief fee covers counsel’s initial preparation for the hearing and day one of the tribunal hearing.

Counsel will then have a daily rate for their attendance on each further day of the hearing estimated between £750.00 plus VAT to £2,500.00 plus VAT per day (depending on the experience of the barrister).

We may advise a conference with counsel prior to a hearing in order to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the case in preparation for the hearing. Counsel’s fees for a conference can range between £500.00-£1,000.00 plus VAT (depending on the experience of the barrister).

Please note that the initial brief fee quoted by a barrister for their preparation and the first day of the hearing may remain payable if you settle the claim close to the first day of the hearing. Counsel will provide a schedule of dates when each proportion (usually 50%/75%/100%) of the brief fee is incurred prior to the first day of the hearing.

Counsel may also charge expenses if they have to travel to the hearing or stay overnight.

We will keep you informed of any costs and payment dates. We request payment of all counsel’ fees on account prior to any hearing or conference commencing.

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 (or ACAS Early 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 the other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Drafting or reviewing a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing on a bundle of documents
  • Reviewing witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing on a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including the preparation of full instructions to Counsel.
  • Considering and advising on Judgment following the hearing.

The stages set out above are an indication and only stages that are required will be factored into the cost.

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 based on your individual needs/requests.

Where possible, we aim to quote fixed fees for each piece of work in order for you to clearly keep track of the costs incurred at each stage.

Insurance 

You may also have insurance that may fund your claim or defence.
You should check any policies, for example home insurance policies, that you have which may include legal expenses cover or LEI. Please contact your insurer if your policy does include legal expenses.

We are able to act under the insurance policy and can assist you with arranging your insurance cover where necessary.

If you are insured, we take on the claim or defence and your insurer will normally cover the costs of us so doing providing that the claim or defence has 51% prospects of success, which is normally gauged by the insurers’ independent barrister.

You remain responsible for all costs which are incurred prior to the insurer implementing cover under your policy, however we will request that the insurer considers backdating cover to include any early costs. Initial costs normally do not exceed £1000.00 plus VAT.

If you do have an insurance policy and require assistance in communicating with the insurer directly please contact us.

No Win No Fee – Damages-Based Agreements (DBA’s)

We rarely consider cases on a no win no fee basis.

If we do however you will be asked to enter into a DBA. Under the terms of a DBA we would be entitled to take 35% of any damages recovered for you (including VAT). You may remain liable to pay for any barrister’s fees and any fees in relation to the initial assessment of your case.

If we agree to a DBA with you, we will send out a full letter of terms fully explaining the arrangement.

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. A settlement can be reached at any time.

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 15-26 weeks in some tribunal centres but in others, it may take between 26-52 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.