Employment Tribunal Claims
Range of costs
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is set out below:
£10,000 to £25,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity cases
£25,000 to £50,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity cases
£50,000 to £150,000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex can include the following:
The length of the final hearing will depend largely on the complexity of your case. Generally, we would allow between 1 and 5 days for a final hearing.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
In most cases, we will instruct Counsel (a barrister who specialises in employment law) to be your advocate at any hearings.
We estimate that Counsel’s fees for attending a Tribunal Hearing are likely to be between £1,500 and £4,000 (excluding VAT) per day, depending on the seniority of the barrister. This will generally include preparation time (although, in some cases, Counsel may make an additional charge for preparatory work)
If you would like us to attend a hearing with Counsel, there will be an additional charge of between £1,200 and £3,200 (excluding VAT) per day, depending upon the seniority of the fee earner attending.
Payment of costs
Ordinarily, we would expect you to fund our costs personally. However, it may be that you have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy which might cover our fees. This type of policy might be included within your household insurance or as part of your banking arrangements. We can discuss this further during our initial consultation.
Recovery of costs from you opponent
Generally, employment tribunals operate what is called a ‘no costs rule’. This means that, regardless of the outcome of the case (whether you win, lose or draw) you will be required to bear your own costs. In certain very limited circumstances, the tribunal might order an unsuccessful party to pay the successful party’s costs. We can explain this to you in further detail, should you choose to instruct us.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
The stages set out above are an indication of the type of work that will be necessary to progress your case all the way to a final hearing. If some of these stages are not required, the total fees may be less than those indicated above. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. We are happy to act for you on this basis and will charge our time according to a previously agreed hourly rate.
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 between 4 and 6 weeks. If, however, your claim proceeds all the way to a final hearing, it is likely to take somewhere between 6 and 8 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.