In accordance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority guidance on price transparency, we have published our price and service information for handing unfair or wrongful dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal. Please see below:
Bringing a claim to the Employment Tribunal can be complicated; it can take several months to go through the full process. Every case is different which is why we encourage you to contact us so we can provide an estimate outlining a range of potential fees to make sure that you get the right amount of support to meet your individual circumstances. We will update you regularly on your costs throughout the matter so you can stay in control throughout.
The below price information is a general indication of costs based on our experience.
Simple case: £25,000 – £45,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements).
Medium complexity case: £45,000 – £90,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements).
High complexity case: £90,000 – £200,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements).
Factors that could make a case more complex and/or increase costs include:
- 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.
Typically, high complexity cases will involve claims of discrimination and whistleblowing. There will be additional charges for attending a Tribunal Hearing, which will be based on our usual hourly rates and will vary depending on who attends and the length of the hearing.
Rhodri Thomas: £350 – £400 (excluding VAT)
Helen Monson: £300 – £350 (excluding VAT)
Imogen Finnegan: £285 – £315 (excluding VAT)
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,500 to £2,800 plus VAT per day (depending on experience of the advocate and excluding QCs) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
A typical case of unfair or wrongful dismissal in the Employment Tribunal involves the following stages:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing papers and advising you on the strength of your claim and how much you might recover if you win.
- Entering into early conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
- Preparing a claim or response.
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing or considering schedule of loss.
- Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing.
- Exchanging documents and agreeing a bundle of documents.
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.
- Preparing bundles of documents.
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements.
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list.
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
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 a few weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 months to a year. 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
What qualifications do the team hold?
All Employment Tribunal work is supervised by a qualified solicitor. Specific experience can be found in the individual staff profiles which you can access here: Rhodri Thomas, Helen Monson, Imogen Finnegan.