No two cases are exactly the same so the best way of obtaining an accurate fee estimate is to speak to us. However, broadly speaking, our pricing for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is as follows:
£3,600 to £6,000 inclusive of VAT
Medium complexity case
£6,000 to £18,000 inclusive of VAT
High complexity case
£18,000 to £90,000 inclusive of VAT
Factors that could make a case more complex are:
» If it is necessary to defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
» Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
» 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 an employee is dismissed after blowing the whistle on you
» Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £2,100 per day (inclusive of VAT). Generally we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs 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 £1,200 to £3,600 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
» Reviewing and advising on a claim that is received
» Preparing a response to any such claim
» Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
» 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 the 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 based on your individual needs.
How long will my matter take and who will deal with it?
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 3-10 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 15-30 weeks.
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 but depends largely upon where the hearing is and how long is allowed for the hearing. The longer it will be the greater the delay before it is heard as a general rule.
All Employment Law matters are dealt with by Simon Gurr who is a Solicitor with over 30 years experience and a Partner in the firm.