Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair and/or wrongful dismissal:

  • Range for unfair dismissal: £7,500 – £12,500 (ex VAT); and
  • Range for wrongful dismissal: £5,000 – £10,000 (ex VAT).

Factors that impact on our pricing include:

  • The complexity of the issues in the claim;
  • Whether or not it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim;
  • Defending claims brought by litigants in person;
  • Whether or not we are required to make or defend a costs application;
  • Whether or not there are complex preliminary issues to deal with such as whether the claimant is disabled;
  • The number of witnesses and documents;
  • Whether or not the claim is for automatic unfair dismissal e.g. if the Claimant is dismissed following whistleblowing; or
  • Whether or not the claim includes allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There may be an additional charge for attending an Employment Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (ex VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case.

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.

Likely disbursements include Counsel’s fees, which we estimated as £750 – £2,000 per day ex VAT (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending an Employment Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key stages:

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; and
  • 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 may be lower. 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?

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 4-8 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take a minimum of 9-12 months, but could be longer. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information as the matter progresses.

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