Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employees

Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employees on Employment Tribunal claims, Settlement Agreements and all other aspects of employment disputes. Our clients include everyone from directors and senior executives through to the most junior of employees.

As an employee, you have rights under the law that employers must respect. If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital to enable you get a clear picture of whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.

Our employment lawyers offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best available outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.

Why Us

Our expert team have years of experience, so have almost certainly dealt with similar situations to the one you are facing many times. We will explore all the options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities.

We know that value for money and overall costs really matter when pursuing an employment claim, so will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. This way, you can be confident we are handling matters for you in a cost effective and efficient way.

If you decide to make an employment tribunal claim our team have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that your case is managed and prosecuted using robust arguments, skilled judgment and the lateral thinking needed to prepare your case to achieve the best available outcome.

Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal we will advise you on the best strategy for you and any additional fees involved.

Pricing

Our fees for bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you. These in turn are based on our estimate of the time it will be necessary to spend on your case having regard to the hourly rate of the person dealing with it. If your case is being dealt with by a Partner or, alternatively, another very senior and experienced lawyer who has specialised in employment law for at least eight years the hourly rate will be £245 plus VAT. If the lawyer dealing with your case has been practising for less than eight years but for more than four years the applicable hourly rate will be £220 plus VAT. A lawyer with less than four years post qualification experience will charge £195 plus VAT per hour. We will always inform you at the outset of the experience and hourly rate of the lawyer with primary responsibility for your case.

We will also advise you of the funding options available to you, for example as an individual you may have insurance which can cover your legal fees.

There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.

Factors that may influence this include the need for:

  • The amount of documentation and correspondence to review and consider;
  • The number of witnesses whom it may be necessary to call;
  • Whether there are other claims in addition to unfair dismissal e.g. Breach of contract, Unlawful deduction from wages, whistleblowing or discrimination
  • Whether settlement is possible prior to actually issuing a claim;
  • New matters or factors raised in the employer’s response to the claim;
  • Case management directions made by the Tribunal;
  • Making any further applications to a Tribunal on your behalf; and
  • Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required and if so the length of the hearing

Very occassionally a combination of factors or circumstances means that the costs involved exceed the bands referred to below. In such exceptional cases we shall notify you of the position as soon as it becomes clear that this may be the case. We shall also provide you with a revised costs estimate at that time.

Fees

Item

Cost/Range of Costs

VAT

Subtotal

Simple case defined as:

  • A claim for ordinary unfair dismissal only;
  • The total number of documents for inclusion in the Trial bundle does not exceed 150 pages;
  • No attendance at a Case Management or Preliminary Hearing is required;
  • No expert (e.g. medical) evidence required; and
  • Final Hearing listed for a maximum of One Day

Add extra £1500-£2000 plus VAT (depending on seniority of Advocate) for each additional day

£8,500

£15,000

£1,700

£3,000

£10,200

£18,000

Medium complex case defined as:

  • Cases involving unfair dismissal and/or breach of contract and/or unlawful deduction from wages and/or unpaid holiday claims and/or Discrimination;
  • Attendance required at one Case management or Preliminary Hearing;
  • The total number of documents for inclusion in the Trial bundle exceeds 150 pages but not more than 500 pages; and
  • Final Hearing listed for a maximum of Three Days

Add extra £1,500 – 2,000 plus Vat (Depending on seniority of Advocate ) for each additional day at a final hearing.

£12,000

£25,000

£2,400

£5,000   

£14,400

£30,000

High complex case defined as:

  • Cases involving claims for Whistleblowing and one or more complaints of discrimination;
  • Attendance required at one or more Case management /Preliminary Hearings;
  • The total number of documents for inclusion in the Trial bundle exceeds 500 pages;
  • Expert evidence required; and
  • Final Fearing listed for a maximum of Five Days

Add extra £1,500 – 2,000 plus Vat (Depending on seniority of Advocate ) for each additional day at a final hearing.

Allow estimate of additional £500 - £1,000 plus vat per Expert

£25,000 

£45,000

£5,000

£9,000

£30,000

£54,000


Disbursements

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 £950 to £1,995 plus vat per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex

In the event that the issues become more complex, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • An increase in the number of witnesses and documents
  • If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal

Time Scales

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 2 -8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 -52 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.

Key Milestones

There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • 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 your claim
  • Reviewing and advising on the 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