Our fee estimates set out below cover the main stages of representation usually required in bringing or defending a straightforward claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal. The estimate also sets out some of the key stages involved in a tribunal claim.
If other claims are included within proceedings, such as for discrimination, then the claim would be more complex and these fee estimates are unlikely to apply. In such cases, we will discuss with you at the outset and provide bespoke fee estimates.
We will consider and advise upon the funding options available to you, such as existing insurance policies which may cover bringing or defending a claim.
PRICING AND KEY STAGES
£180 to £320 plus VAT (1 to 2 hours)
Negotiating a Settlement – Early Conciliation (within 3 months of dismissal lasting usually up to 30 days)
£540 to £1,080 plus VAT (3 to 6 hours)
Drafting the Claim / Response (Claim usually completed within 2 to 4 weeks after end of early conciliation / Response completed within 28 days of receipt)
£720 to £1,080 plus VAT (4 to 6 hours).
Negotiating a Settlement – Ongoing (continues throughout the claim)
£900 to £1,620 plus VAT (5 to 9 hours)
Preliminary Hearing (listed approximately2 months after submission of Claim / 1 month after submission of Response [if required])
Preparation of an agenda - £360 to £540 plus VAT (2 to 3 hours).
Attendance at the hearing - £540 to £900 plus VAT (3 to 5 hours) if the hearing is held in Middlesbrough
Disclosure (approximately 4 weeks after submission of Response)
£360 to £720 plus VAT (2 to 4 hours).
Preparation of Hearing Bundle (1 to 2 weeks after disclosure)
£540 to £900 plus VAT (3 to 5 hours).
Exchange of Witness Statements (1 to 2 weeks after preparation of bundle)
For witnesses with a significant amount of evidence to provide £900 and £1,800 plus VAT (5 to 10 hours) per witness
For witnesses with only limited evidence can be completed for an estimated cost of between £360 to £540 plus VAT (2 to 3 hours) per witness.
Hearing (approximately 4 months after submission of Claim / 3 months after submission of Response)
To reach the final hearing lasting one day - £13,500 to £18,000 plus VAT (75 to 100 hours).
Additional days - £4,500 to £7,200 plus VAT (25 to 40 hours) for each additional day
Disbursements are costs related to your matter which are payable to third parties, such as to the Court or a barrister to represent you at a hearing. We make payment of disbursements on your behalf.
Counsel’s fees for attending a Tribunal Hearing are estimated between:
- £2,000 to £3,000 for the first day; and
- £1,500 to £2,000 for the following days
The above are estimates of the main stages in the proceedings and include various discussions and correspondence with you, the tribunal and your opponent throughout the course of the claim. These costs are intended to be covered by the total estimates listed under “Hearing” above but will be spread out across the various stages along the way.
As set out above, the estimated fees relate to a straightforward claim. Factors that could make a case more complex include:
- 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
We will consider and advise you at the outset and through the course of the claim if any of these factors are likely to apply and will provide bespoke fee estimates as necessary.
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 your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take approximately 4 months after submission of the Claim or 3 months after submission of the Response. 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.