Cost for Employment matters

Our fee range for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims and discrimination cases could range from: 

Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal Cases

*Simple cases £4 500- £8 000 (Excluding Vat)

*Medium Complexity Cases £8 500-£12 000 (Excluding Vat)

*High Complexity Cases £12 000-£22,000(Excluding Vat)

Discrimination Cases

*Simple Cases £2500- £5,000 (Excluding Vat)

*Medium Complexity Cases £5000-£8000 (Excluding Vat)

*High Complexity Cases £8,000-£15 000(Excluding Vat)

On some occasions, we may be able to offer you a Damage Based Agreement (DBA). This takes us up to 2 weeks to screen cases depending on the number of document before we can make a decision to proceed.

Usually we charged £150 Consultation fee which would involve a face to face conference to discuss and assess the prospect of success and likely compensation in the case. On perusing the document, if it appears that the case has a strong prospect of success and you are unable to pay our fees, we shall discuss with you on how to progress the matter.

The level of taken from your compensation if you are successful under a (DBA) is 35% excluding VAT.

In addition, you will be responsible for all disbursements (fees to third parties) involved in your case such as any medical evidence (though not usually required in a Wrongful dismissal claim), Copies of medical record and Counsel Fees for the cost of a barrister to represent you at a tribunal hearing.

Factors that could determine the complexity of cases include but not limited to the following:

  • 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

Services Covered

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

Services not Included

  • Any appeal on this matter
  • Disbursements such as (Counsel’s fee, any court fees)
  • Expert opinion evidence

Additional Fees

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal case management hearing or full hearing. This kind of additional fees are referred to as disbursements. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees and barrister’s fees. We can arrange the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees are estimated from £500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate and the location of the hearing) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

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.

Timescale

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 two to four weeks or more depending on the case. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take three to 12 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.

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