Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple case: £5,000 to £15,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £12,000 to £25,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £20,000 to £50,000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex/protracted:
- if it is necessary to make or contest applications to amend/limit claims or to seek or provide further information about an existing claim;
- defending claims that are brought by litigants in person;
- making or defending a costs application including related to conduct of the other party, merits of claims or failure to meet Tribunal Orders;
- complex preliminary issues such as whether there are jurisdictional or technical issues, or whether a claim should be allowed to proceed to a full hearing, expert third party advice, or specific disclosure (if this is not agreed by the parties);
- the number of witnesses and volume of documentation;
- if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, e.g. if the employee is dismissed after blowing the whistle on their employer;
- allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
There will generally be a charge for attending a Tribunal hearing of £1000 to £2250 depending on the level of fee earner per day (excluding VAT). Generally, Tribunal hearings last between 1 to 9 days, depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as a barrister’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
A barrister’s brief fee (preparation costs and day one of a Tribunal Hearing) are estimated at between £2500 and £6000 (excluding VAT) (depending on the experience of the barrister). Barristers’ fees for attending subsequent days of a Tribunal Hearing are estimated at between £1000 to £2500 (excluding VAT) per day.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the 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 desired or mandatory, to explore whether a settlement or other resolution can be reached;
- preparing claim or response;
- reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party;
- preparing for and considering any applications;
- exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
- preparing for and considering a schedule of loss;
- preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing (by telephone or in person);
- attending to and sorting documents that need to be disclosed, exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
- taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
- preparing agreed joint bundle of documents (if applicable);
- 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 a conference with you, your barrister, and any witnesses;
- preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to your barrister.
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, based 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 or other resolution is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the matter may be concluded within a few days or weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, depending on the complexity of the case, conduct of the parties and assistance from the Tribunal and its ability to schedule hearings, your case is likely to take anything from twelve weeks (for straightforward claims) to twelve months (for high complexity cases). 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.