Our fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will vary according to the complexity of your case. This is divided into three levels and price bands as follows:
- Straightforward case: £3,500 to £5,000
- Complex case: a disputed matter involving a number of separate issues, for example constructive/unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment, breach of contract: £6,500 to £10,000
- Very complex case: this involves complex issues including, for example discrimination claims, TUPE and multi-party actions: £8,000 to £15,000
There will be additional costs for us to attend a Tribunal Case Management Conference, Preliminary Hearing and Final Hearing – this will be charged at a rate of £250 per hour. The amount of time allocated for a straightforward unfair dismissal case is usually one day. More complex cases will be allocated time during a Case Management Conference - this is a hearing to timetable the case which we will attend on your behalf.
Please note that these guideline charges exclude VAT and are intended for illustrative purposes only – for a detailed estimate please contact us
Disbursements are costs associated with your case that are payable to third parties. An example is Counsel's fees, which we would estimate to be between £1,000 - £2,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). We will handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Factors that could incur additional fees
There may be a number of circumstances which increase the complexity of a case, resulting in additional fees. These include:
- when it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- defending claims 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
Our fees cover all of the work undertaken 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 ACAS pre-claim conciliation 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 a Case Management Conference
- preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing if required by the Tribunal - this hearing will deal with any preliminary issues, for example whether the claim was made in time, any discrimination issues, and any outstanding matters requring clarification prior to the final 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
Some of these stages may not be required and our fees will be reduced accordingly. Alternatively, you may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have us advise you in relation to some of the stages.
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to final resolution 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 between 1 to 3 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 3 to 6 months subject to tribunal availability with the potential to extend up to 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 and as the matter progresses.
The information above provides an illustration of the average costs, key stages and anticipated timescales involved with these types of matter. However, each case is unique and there will be occasions when exceptional circumstances add to the complexity and time taken to reach a conclusion. In these situations, our fees may exceed those quoted above. We will always keep you informed of any change in circumstances and explain what we are doing to minimise any associated impact on timescales and costs. We will notify you in advance if we need to exceed an original estimate.
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