Our pricing for issuing a claim or a response to a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
- Simple case: £500.00 – £750.00 (excluding VAT)
- Medium complexity case: £750.00 – £1000.00 (excluding VAT)
- High complexity case: £1000.00 – £1,750.00 (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 upon 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 of approximately £1,400.00 – 1,800.00 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.
In a complex case, we may instruct a counsel (barrister). Counsel’s fees are subject to confirmation depending on the experience of the advocate for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
At the same time, we are very experienced in employment law and our expert consultant solicitor Kuldeep Clair is an accomplished advocate. We can, therefore, make the whole tribunal process much more affordable by not incurring the expenses of a barrister which ultimately you would have to pay. If you wish to instruct a barrister (counsel) for your hearing, we can still do so on your behalf.
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.
After issue, there follow many subsequent steps in the preparation of the claim for trial. It may be that we are able to reach a settlement of your claim at any time.
The key stages of the process include:
- 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 a claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from another 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 a bundle of documents
- 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 instructions to Counsel
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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.
Costs for this work will depend on the time taken at the hourly rate of our fee-earner dealing with the case. Depending on the complexity of the case, this work could take between 20-30 or even more hours to complete. We can give a better estimate in your case once we have performed an initial case assessment.
If your budget is very tight, we can work on an “advisory” basis so that you retain us for advice on how to conduct your case on an ad hoc basis, as and when you need it. You will have ultimate responsibility for conducting it and complying with procedural rules and deadlines.
Our fees will be lower and we can work within the budget that you set.
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 about 4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 5-7 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.