Employment Tribunal Claims - Fees
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Legal fees may be charged on either a fixed fee basis (see typical range below) or an hourly rate basis. If hourly rates apply, these may currently range from £150.00-£500.00 (excluding VAT).
Simple case: £250.00 - £10,000.00 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £10,000.00-£30,000.00 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £30,000.00+ (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 by the parties) or whether the tribunal is authorised to hear it
- 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
The cost of attendance at a Tribunal Hearing can vary and our price will reflect the particular requirements of your case but as a rough guide, our fees start from £1,000-£2,000 per day (excluding VAT). We will provide you with an individual cost estimate at the time and before any extra charges are incurred.
We sometimes offer damages-based agreement to clients (subject to a viability assessment) and this will be discussed with you at your first appointment. However, it is important to note that this agreement does not cover:
- Any claims or counterclaims that the Respondents may bring against you.
- Any appeal that either you or the Respondents may make including any appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
- Any reference to the European Court of Justice.
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 £1,000.00 to £25,000.00+ (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
The fees set out above cover all of the usual 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. On the other hand if there are additional unanticipated stages, the fee will be increased. 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 3-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-18 months and sometimes longer. 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.
Our employment team has over 130 years collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to employment work. For full details of our team, see below.