Our pricing for representing you in bringing and defending claims before the Employment Tribunal.
Simple case: £4,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
Medium complexity case: £10,000-£20,000 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
High complexity case: £25,000-£50,000 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
The above is not a cap on fees and cases can exceed these costs due to the complexity of the case. It also depends upon the level of experience of solicitor working on your matter. These fees range from £185 + VAT (newly Qualified solicitor) up to £350 + VAT (Head of Department or Partner).
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
- Any appeal to court decisions
- Whether our advice is followed
The more of these factors apply to your case, the higher the level of complexity. In more complex cases additional time will require to be spent on your matter in turn increasing the likely cost.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such expert fees (e.g. medical expert to ascertain disability). We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,000 – £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. There is likely to be a ‘brief fee’ in addition to the above attendance fees, the level of which would depend upon the complexity of your matter and the numbers of days listed. However this could be in the range of £500 + VAT for a simple case to £5,000 + VAT for a high complexity case. Generally we would allow 1-3 days for a low complexity case, 4-7 days for a medium complexity case and 8-10 days for a High complexity case.
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 may 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 and specific quote can be provided upon your instructions.
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 6-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-12 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 as to the complexity of your case and as the matter progresses. As you will appreciate the Employment Tribunals are also very busy right now and so your case could take longer.