We are always happy to let you have a “no obligation” quote based on your specific requirements. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come back to you. Alternatively, please call us on 01253 362500 and ask to speak to Tim Fielding to discuss your requirements.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
- Simple case: (e.g breach of contract) average fee £3,500 (excluding VAT)
- Medium complexity case: (e.g unfair dismissal claim listed for one day) average fee £6,500 (excluding VAT)
- High complexity case: (e.g. discrimination claim or unfair dismissal hearing listed for two days) average fee £10,000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
1. If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
2. Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
3. Making or defending a costs application
4. Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
5. The number of witnesses and documents
6. If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
7. Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
8. Additional costs for arranging representation by a Barrister will apply and vary depending on the complexity of your case, the hearing duration and the level of experience of the Barrister. Average additional costs of this nature are between £750 and £3,000
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as experts reports on pension loss. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
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 case 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. The average time for Employment Tribunal cases is approximately 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.