Price Transparency Information
Under Rule 1 of the SRA Transparency Rules, law firms that provide services relating to bringing or defending Employment Tribunal claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are required to publish information on the prices and services they offer.
Key stages of a claim
In dealing with unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, we will typically assist you with the following:
- Taking your initial instructions and reviewing the papers;
- Assisting with any ACAS Early Conciliation;
- Preparing the claim or response;
- Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from the other party;
- Managing correspondence and negotiations with the other party;
- Preparing for and attending a preliminary hearing;
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
- Preparing documents for the Tribunal, including any necessary applications and witness evidence;
- Instructing and liaising with Counsel; and
- Preparing for and attending the final hearing.
Our fees are based on our hourly rates, which range from £125 to £525 depending on the seniority of the individual(s) involved in the claim. These rates are subject to annual review and will be discussed with you at the outset of the claim.
Our estimated range of fees for advising you and representing you in bringing and defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal are set out below according to the complexity of the case:
- Simple case: £10,000 – £20,000
- Medium complexity case: £20,000 – £45,000
- High complexity case: £45,000 – £100,000
The pricing information listed above is not intended to be a quote and should be used as a guide only. If there are additional free-standing claims, such as for discrimination, or if any dismissal has any whistleblowing, TUPE or discrimination element connected with it, the costs are likely to exceed those set out above (although the potential compensation or liability for a successful claim may also be higher). In these more complex cases, we will provide an estimate of fees once we have full details.
Factors which are likely to increase the complexity of a case include:
- Multiple witnesses or a large number of documents;
- Dealing with claims from litigants in person;
- Preliminary issues requiring additional hearings;
- The length of a hearing;
- Any additional applications to review and deal with, including cost applications;
- Any requirement to obtain expert evidence, such as from a medical specialist; and
- Tribunal delays and postponements.
We will also charge for disbursements that we pay on your behalf.
Disbursements are third-party costs associated with the claim. The primary third-party costs are Counsel’s fees, which can range anywhere from £750 to £10,000 per day for attending a hearing (including preparation), depending on the seniority of counsel and the complexity of the case.
All estimated costs shown on this page are exclusive of VAT, which is chargeable at 20%.
The length of time it takes from receiving your initial instructions to a final resolution of a claim will be determined by the particular circumstances of your claim and will depend largely on different factors, including the stage at which your claim is resolved, the conduct of the other party and the Employment Tribunal’s timetable.
For example, claims that are settled early can be concluded within a matter of weeks. However, claims that proceed to a full Employment Tribunal hearing can take anywhere from six months to two years (depending on current listing times and Employment Tribunal delays).
For further information, please contact us to be referred to an employment specialist.