Our team of Employment Solicitors have considerable experience in representing both employers and employees in relation to all aspects of employment law. We can assist both employees and employers in respect of claims for of unfair dismissal, redundancy and discrimination. We also advise and assist in the preparation of settlement agreements, employment contracts and employee handbooks.


Where claims are made in the Employment Tribunal, we can support, guide and advise clients through the process of making or defending a claim.


Our pricing for acting on behalf of an employee for bringing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

Simple case: £2,000.00 – £3,500.00 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £3,500.00 – £6,000.00 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £10,000 + (excluding VAT)

 

Our pricing for acting on behalf of an employer for defending a claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:


Simple case: £2,500.00 – £4,500.00 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £4,500.00 – £7,000.00 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £10,000 + (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 of £750.00 to £1,800.00 per day (excluding VAT) depending on the level of fee earner. Generally, we would allow 2 days depending on the complexity of your case.

 

Disbursements

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 £2,000.00 and £3,500.00 for the preparation and day 1 of the trial and between £750.00 and £1,200.00 per day thereafter (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

 

Key stages
 

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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-12 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.

 

Settlement Agreements
 

We also have considerable experience in both drafting and providing advice in relation to Settlement Agreements.
 

When acting for employees our fees for advising are usually met by the employer. We endeavour, wherever possible, to limit our fees to the contribution made by the employer. In the event that the employer’s contribution is insufficient then we will speak to you regarding our fees and the contribution required from you.

 

Our fees for drafting Settlement Agreements on behalf of employers range from £850.00 to £1,500.00 (exclusive of VAT).

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