Employment Fees

Pricing Information for Unfair Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal Claims

Costs

Our costs for claims in unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal below. These figures are a guide and are not intended to represent a formal quotation or fixed fee. All prices are exclusive of VAT and all disbursements, including barristers’ and experts’ fees.

Unfair Dismissal Claimant

We do not offer fixed fees and charge on hourly rates.

Our hourly rates range from £200 plus VAT to £500 plus VAT depending on the seniority and experience of the lawyers involved. Please see the individual profile pages of each of our lawyers for further information about their role, experience and qualifications.

The fees vary depending on the complexity of the case and a range is set out below.

Simple Case £35,000 – £60,000

Medium Complexity Case £60,000 – £120,000

High Complexity Case £120,000 – £160,000

The fees set out above cover the work carried out by us in relation to the key stages of a claim which are as follows:

  • Taking initial instructions from you, including a preliminary meeting;
  • Reviewing relevant documentation and identifying relevant claims;
  • Advising you on time limits;
  • Providing initial advice on merits of your case and any likely compensation;
  • Ongoing review and reassessment of that initial advice;
  • Engaging in mandatory early conciliation with ACAS to explore whether early settlement of your claim is possible;
  • Preparing correspondence to your employer;
  • Instructing a barrister/counsel on your behalf;
  • Preparing your claim;
  • Reviewing response to the claim and advising you accordingly;
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating with your employer throughout;
  • Preparing a schedule of loss – a document setting out the financial loss you have suffered and will suffer on an ongoing basis;
  • Reviewing documentation provided by you as part of the disclosure process during litigation;
  • Reviewing and advising on documents disclosed by your employer;
  • Agreeing a bundle of documents to be referred to during the employment tribunal hearing;
  • Taking witness statements from you and other relevant witnesses;
  • Reviewing and advising on the witness statements provided by your employer;
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list as required by the employment tribunal;
  • Preparation for and attendance at a final hearing, including meetings with barrister/counsel and preparing you for the hearing;

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barristers’ fees.

Barrister’s fees depend on the seniority and experience of the barrister(s) involved in your case. In certain cases, we will instruct the barrister at an early stage and fees will vary depending on the assistance required. The fees below for barristers are for a trial.

On a straightforward case listed for a 1-day hearing, instructing a junior barrister is likely to cost between £750 plus VAT and £1,200 plus VAT.

For a medium complexity case, listed for a 3-day hearing, the barrister’s fee is likely to be between £4,000 plus VAT and £8,000 plus VAT and the refresher for each of the additional days between £1,500 plus VAT to £2,000 plus VAT.

For a complex case involving one or more of the factors set out above, the hearing is likely to last up to around 10 days or more. This type of case would normally require a more senior barrister and the fee is likely to be between £20,000 plus VAT to £40,000 plus VAT, with a daily refresher of between £2,500 plus VAT and £4,500 plus VAT.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from receiving your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter will depend largely on the stage at which your case settles or is otherwise resolved. If a settlement is reached before a claim is issued at the employment tribunal, your case is likely to take 8-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing at the employment tribunal, your case is likely to last 12 months or more due to the significant delays in the employment tribunal system. These time frames are estimated, and we will provide you with updated and more accurate timescales as the matter progresses.

Defending Unfair Dismissal Claims

Our hourly rates range from £200 plus VAT to £500 plus VAT depending on the seniority and experience of the lawyers involved. Please see the individual profile pages of each of our lawyers for further information about their role, experience and qualifications.

Simple Case £65,000 – £125,000 plus VAT

Medium Complexity Case £125,000 – £185,000 plus VAT

High Complexity Case £185,000 – £255,000 plus VAT

The fees set out above cover the work carried out by us in relation to the key stages of a claim which are as follows:

  • Taking initial instructions, including a preliminary meeting;
  • Reviewing relevant documentation and identifying potential claims;
  • Advising on time limits;
  • Providing initial advice on merits of the case and quantum of potential damages;
  • Ongoing review and reassessment of that initial advice;
  • Engaging in early conciliation with ACAS to explore whether early settlement of the claim is possible;
  • Preparing correspondence to the claimant;
  • Instructing a barrister/counsel;
  • Reviewing the claim form and related documentation and advising you accordingly;
  • Preparing a response to the claim;
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating throughout;
  • Reviewing a schedule of loss – a document setting out the financial loss the employee has suffered and will suffer on an ongoing basis;
  • Reviewing documentation as part of the disclosure process during litigation;
  • Reviewing and advising on documents disclosed by the claimant;
  • Agreeing and preparing a bundle of documents to be referred to during the employment tribunal hearing;
  • Taking witness statements from relevant witnesses;
  • Reviewing and advising on the witness statements provided by the claimant;
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list as required by the employment tribunal;
  • Preparation for and attendance at a final hearing, including meetings with barrister/counsel and preparing you for the hearing;

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barristers’ fees.

Barrister’s fees depend on the seniority and experience of the barrister(s) involved in your case. In certain cases, we will instruct the barrister at an early stage and fees will vary depending on the assistance required. The fees below for barristers are for a trial.

On a straightforward case listed for a 1-day hearing, instructing a junior barrister is likely to cost between £750 plus VAT and £1,200 plus VAT.

For a medium complexity case, listed for a 3-day hearing, the barrister’s fee is likely to be between £4,000 plus VAT and £8,000 plus VAT and the refresher for each of the additional days between £1,500 plus VAT to £2,000 plus VAT.

For a complex case involving one or more of the factors set out above, the hearing is likely to last up to around 10 days or more. This type of case would normally require a more senior barrister and the fee is likely to be between £20,000 plus VAT to £40,000 plus VAT, with a daily refresher of between £2,500 plus VAT and £4,500 plus VAT.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from receiving your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter will depend largely on the stage at which your case settles or is otherwise resolved. If a settlement is reached before a claim is issued at the employment tribunal, the case is likely to take 8-12 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a final hearing at the employment tribunal, your case is likely to last 12 months or more due to the significant delays in the employment tribunal system. These timeframes

are estimated, and we will provide you with updated and more accurate timescales as the matter progresses.

Wrongful Dismissal Employment Tribunal Claims

Our hourly rates range from £200 plus VAT to £500 plus VAT depending on the seniority and experience of the lawyers involved. Please see the individual profile pages of each of our lawyers for further information about their role, experience and qualifications.

Simple Case £35,000 – £55,000 plus VAT

Medium Complexity Case £55,000 – £85,000 plus VAT

High Complexity Case £85,000 – £115,000 plus VAT

Damages for wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal are capped at £25,000.

The fees set out above cover the work carried out by us in relation to the key stages of a claim which are as follows:

  • Taking initial instructions from you, including a preliminary meeting;
  • Reviewing relevant documentation and identifying relevant claims;
  • Advising you on time limits;
  • Providing initial advice on merits of your case and any likely remedy available, including compensation;
  • Ongoing review and reassessment of that initial advice;
  • Engaging in mandatory early conciliation with ACAS to explore whether early settlement of your claim is possible;
  • Preparing correspondence to your employer;
  • Instructing a barrister/counsel on your behalf;
  • Preparing your claim;
  • Reviewing response to the claim and advising you accordingly;
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating with your employer throughout;
  • Preparing a schedule of loss – a document setting out the financial loss you have suffered and will suffer on an ongoing basis;
  • Reviewing documentation provided by you as part of the disclosure process during litigation;
  • Reviewing and advising on documents disclosed by your employer;
  • Agreeing a bundle of documents to be referred to during any hearing;
  • Taking witness statements from you and other relevant witnesses;
  • Reviewing and advising on the witness statements provided by your employer;
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list as required by the employment tribunal;
  • Preparation for and attendance at a final hearing, including meetings with barrister/counsel and preparing you for the hearing;

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barristers’ fees.

Barrister’s fees depend on the seniority and experience of the barrister(s) involved in your case. In certain cases, we will instruct the barrister at an early stage and fees will vary depending on the assistance required. The fees below for barristers are for a trial.

On a straightforward case listed for a 1-day hearing, instructing a junior barrister is likely to cost between £750 plus VAT and £1,200 plus VAT.

For a medium complexity case, listed for a 3-day hearing, the barrister’s fee is likely to be between £4,000 plus VAT and £8,000 plus VAT and the refresher for each of the additional days between £1,500 plus VAT to £2,000 plus VAT.

For a complex case involving one or more of the factors set out above, the hearing is likely to last up to around 10 days or more. This type of case would normally require a more senior barrister and the fee is likely to be between £20,000 plus VAT to £40,000 plus VAT, with a daily refresher of between £2,500 plus VAT and £4,500 plus VAT.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from receiving your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter will depend largely on the stage at which your case settles or is otherwise resolved. If a settlement is reached before a claim is issued, your case is likely to take 8-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing at the employment tribunal, your case is likely to last 12 months or more due to the significant delays in the employment tribunal system. These timeframes are estimated, and we will provide you with updated and more accurate timescales as the matter progresses.

Defending Wrongful Dismissal Claims in Tribunal

Our hourly rates range from £200 plus VAT to £500 plus VAT depending on the seniority and experience of the lawyers involved. Please see the individual profile pages of each of our lawyers for further information about their role, experience and qualifications.

Simple Case £55,000 – £115,000 plus VAT

Medium Complexity Case £115,000 – £155,000 plus VAT

High Complexity Case £155,000 – £185,000 plus VAT

Damages for wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal are capped at £25,000.

The fees set out above cover the work carried out by us in relation to the key stages of a claim which are as follows:

  • Taking initial instructions, including a preliminary meeting;
  • Reviewing relevant documentation and identifying potential claims;
  • Advising on time limits;
  • Providing initial advice on merits of the case and quantum of potential damages;
  • Ongoing review and reassessment of that initial advice;
  • Engaging in early conciliation with ACAS to explore whether early settlement of the claim is possible;
  • Preparing correspondence to the claimant;
  • Instructing a barrister/counsel;
  • Reviewing the claim form and related documentation and advising you accordingly;
  • Preparing a response to the claim;
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating throughout;
  • Reviewing a schedule of loss – a document setting out the financial loss the employee has suffered and will suffer on an ongoing basis;
  • Reviewing documentation as part of the disclosure process during litigation;
  • Reviewing and advising on documents disclosed by the claimant;
  • Agreeing and preparing a bundle of documents to be referred to during the employment tribunal hearing;
  • Taking witness statements from relevant witnesses;
  • Reviewing and advising on the witness statements provided by the claimant;
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list as required by the employment tribunal;
  • Preparation for and attendance at a final hearing, including meetings with barrister/counsel and preparing you for the hearing;

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barristers’ fees.

Barrister’s fees depend on the seniority and experience of the barrister(s) involved in your case. In certain cases, we will instruct the barrister at an early stage and fees will vary depending on the assistance required. The fees below for barristers are for a trial.

On a straightforward case listed for a 1-day hearing, instructing a junior barrister is likely to cost between £750 plus VAT and £1,200 plus VAT.

For a medium complexity case, listed for a 3-day hearing, the barrister’s fee is likely to be between £4,000 plus VAT and £8,000 plus VAT and the refresher for each of the additional days between £1,500 plus VAT to £2,000 plus VAT.

For a complex case involving one or more of the factors set out above, the hearing is likely to last up to around 10 days or more. This type of case would normally require a more senior barrister and the fee is likely to be between £20,000 plus VAT to £40,000 plus VAT, with a daily refresher of between £2,500 plus VAT and £4,500 plus VAT.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from receiving your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter will depend largely on the stage at which your case settles or is otherwise resolved. If a settlement is reached before a claim is issued at the employment tribunal, the case is likely to take 8-12 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a final hearing at the employment tribunal, your case is likely to last 12 months or more due to the significant delays in the employment tribunal system. These timeframes are estimated, and we will provide you with updated and more accurate timescales as the matter progresses.

Alternative Funding

You should consider whether funding of your legal expenses in this matter might be covered under any of the following:

  • household or business protection insurance (‘before the event’ insurance);
  • public funding;
  • credit card insurance;
  • trade union benefits;
  • after the event’ insurance; or
  • any other form of legal expenses insurance.

We do not normally undertake legal advice on the above bases but are happy to discuss whether we might consider this in exceptional circumstances.