Example Range of costs
For simple claims in the Employment Tribunal, based on Unfair or Wrongful dismissal, much will depend on the amount of documentation or witnesses involved and the extent to which the background facts are disputed. Claims involving, for example, discrimination, whistle-blowing or constructive dismissal would not be simple cases
Simple case: £4,950 to £6,750 (excluding VAT)
This assumes a 1 day hearing at a local Tribunal venue with 1 or 2 witnesses each side and a bundle of no more than 100 pages of documents
More involved case: £6,600 to £9,000 (excluding VAT)
This assumes a 2 day hearing at a local Tribunal venue with 6 witnesses and a bundle of no more than 200 pages of documents
Higher cost case: £8,250 to £11,250 (excluding VAT)
This assumes a preliminary hearing and then a 2 day hearing at a local Tribunal venue with 6 witnesses and a bundle of no more than 200 pages of documents
Factors that could make a case more involved or costly than set out above could be:
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications, for instance to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Where there are multiple parties to the claim
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Making or defending a costs application
- The number of witnesses and documents
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of approximately £1,500 to £2,000 per day (including vat) for counsel and 50% of that if a solicitor attends too.
Disbursements are payments related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees estimated between £1,500 to £2,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
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. Settlement could be reached during pre-claim conciliation so your case could take up to 13 weeks.
If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take up to 52 weeks more.
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.