We can advise you if you are having problems whether you are an employer or an employee. This includes advise regarding areas including dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, compromise agreements or another claim at work. We can also deal with proceedings in the Employment Tribunal and can assist you and explain to you your rights in the work place.
We charge an initial interview price of £125.00 plus VAT (£150.00 in total) for up to an hour’s advice.
For more information please contact us using the enquiry form.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
We currently charge £240 plus VAT for a partner to carry out work on such claims. The exact amount charged will depend on the amount of time it takes to deal with your matter. The following are examples of the total charges that you might incur.
Simple case: £1500 to £5000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £5000-£10,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £10,000 to-£30,000 (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. If a barrister is instructed to represent you then the attendance of a solicitor or other legal representative may not be required. The likely cost of a barrister (Counsel) is set out below. If a junior clerk attends the hearing with the barrister, the costs are likely to be in the region of £950 excluding VAT, but if a partner attends, then the costs are likely to be in the region of £2000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case.
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 £800 to £3000 per day excluding VAT (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a 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 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 two to six weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take six months to one year. 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.