FEES ESTIMATE FOR UNFAIR AND WRONGFUL DISMISSAL
Our estimated legal costs for bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
Simple case: £2,500 to £5,000 (excluding VAT) plus disbursements and Counsel’s fees
Medium complexity case: £5,000 to £15,000 (excluding VAT) plus disbursements and Counsel’s fees
High complexity case: £15,000 to £30,000 (excluding VAT) plus disbursements and Counsel’s fees
In addition VAT is payable on our fees and also those of Counsel at the prevailing rate, currently 20%.
Each matter is unique and therefore we recommend you contact us directly so that we can discuss
the details of your matter and provide a personal and tailored estimate for you.
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- 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 employed or self-employed or a worker or 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 as a consequence of whistle blowing or asserting for example a statutory right).
- Allegations of discrimination which are not linked to the dismissal.
Disbursements and Counsel’s Fees
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. These sums are payable by you in addition to our legal fees.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,000 to £1,500 per day plus VAT (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal hearing (including preparation).
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 negotiation 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.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages are not required, the fee will be reduced accordingly.
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 four to 12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing your case is likely to take 24 to 52 weeks. This is just an estimate and much depends upon the Tribunal lists and how busy the Employment Tribunal is. We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
The person who shall have conduct of your matter throughout the case is James Wood – Partner/Solicitor – qualified 1989. James Wood has over 15 years of experience in both bringing and defending employment claims. His current hourly rate is £210 per hour plus VAT currently at 20%