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Employment

Employment Law fees

The broad ranges of our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is as follows:

(i)         Simple case

Where there is one short preliminary hearing by telephone, no need for any additional applications to the Tribunal to force compliance with Orders by the other party, the hearing is listed to last no more than 1 day, advocacy at the final hearing is provided by us without the use of Counsel and there is no need to enforce any award made at the conclusion of the hearing and full payment is made within the time limit imposed by the Tribunal:

£1000.00-£3,500.00 (excluding VAT and any applicable court or tribunal fees)

(ii)        Medium complexity case

Where there is one preliminary hearing by telephone, no need for any additional applications to the Tribunal to force compliance with Orders by the other party, the hearing is listed to last no more than 2 days, advocacy at the final hearing is provided by us without the use of Counsel and there is no need to enforce any award made at the conclusion of the hearing and full payment is made within the time limit imposed by the Tribunal:

£3000.00-£6,500.00 (excluding VAT and any applicable court or tribunal fees)

(iii)       High complexity case.

Where there is one preliminary hearing by telephone, need for any additional applications to the Tribunal to force compliance with Orders by the other party limited to two such applications, the hearing is listed to last no more than 3 days, advocacy at the final hearing is provided by Counsel and there is no need to enforce any award made at the conclusion of the hearing and full payment is made within the time limit imposed by the Tribunal:

At least £8000.00-£15,000.00 (excluding VAT and any applicable court or tribunal fees) but we will discuss the likely costs with you in detail once the complexities of the case have been established and understood.

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 no additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing where be provide the advocacy at such a hearing as this is included in the above estimates. Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case.

 

Third party charges

These are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court or tribunal fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel's fees, if necessary in more complex cases, estimated between £1500.00 to £3000.00 per day (depending on experience of the advocate and excluding VAT) 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, subject to discussion and clear agreement as to the scope of the work we are required to undertake.

 

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 2-5 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-36 weeks or 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.

 



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