Legal Fee Information for Employment Tribunal Claims
We have set out below the issues you need to consider in relation to Legal Fees and disbursements for presenting or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal.
Our Legal Fees cover all the work required to handle your case from instruction to conclusion.
Legal Fees are the amount you will be required to pay for all the work performed by us in actioning your instructions from commencement of your case to conclusion.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will be based on the amount of time it takes. The work will be undertaken by Diana Davis a solicitor with over 34 years qualified experience. During that time she has undertaken a number of tribunal claims. Her charge out rate is £250 + VAT per hour. (a total of £300 Inc. VAT)
An estimate of our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (including attendance at a Tribunal hearing) is:
In addition there may be other claims being brought, for example sex discrimination or equal pay:
Simple case: 8-12 hours work.
- Fees £2,000 – £3,000 + VAT (a total of £2,400 – 3,600 Inc. VAT)
Medium complexity case: 12-30 hours work.
- Fees £3,000 – £7,500 + VAT (a total of £3,600 – £9,000 Inc. VAT)
High complexity case: 30-60 hours work.
- Fees £7,500 -£15,000 + VAT (a total of £9,000 – £18,000 Inc. VAT)
If your matter becomes complex (see below) our fees may increase further, and we will notify you in advance of any increased costs.
- There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £650- £1,250 + VAT per day (a total of £780 – £1,500 Inc. VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.
- VAT will be payable on our fees and most disbursements and we will clearly confirm which disbursements carry VAT in our formal quotation or as we advise you to incur them.
If at any stage our fees change, we will notify you and discuss the reason for any changes. This will typically occur if you change your instructions or your case involves an unforeseen complexity.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £900 – £1,950 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. (There will be an additional charge for their preparation time.)
Stages of the Process
The precise stages involved in unfair or wrong dismissal claims vary according to the circumstances. We have set out the key stages of a standard transaction: –
- 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)
- Undertaking regulatory checks.
- Entering 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.
- Reporting to you on the conclusion of the matter and closing your file.
You may have other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy. We will check that with you at your first appointment.
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.
How long will my claim 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 5-8 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.
Factors That Could Make A Case More Complex
The following factors may make your case more complex and impact on your legal fees and disbursements: –
- 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.
Should any of these factors occur we will notify you and discuss with you any increase in our legal fees or disbursements.
The following fee earner will deal with Employment Tribunal Claims
Diana Davis a Director at Chandler Ray Solicitors and a senior solicitor with over 34 years qualified experience. She qualified a s a solicitor in 1984 and during that time she has undertaken a number of tribunal claims, with substantial experienced in employment law matters.
If you have any questions relating to our services and our fees, please call us on 01280 814040 or email email@example.com