Quite often tribunal proceedings can be avoided if we are contacted at an early stage, in which case our Mediation or Settlement Agreement information may be useful. However, if matters have reached tribunal stage the fees below may be applicable.
Our fixed fee pricing for defending claims for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal usually range from:
Medium complexity case
High complexity case
|£5,000 - £8,000 exc VAT
||£8,000 - £14,000 exc VAT
||£14,000 + exc VAT
Factors that could make a case more complex include:
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (exc VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-7 days depending on the complexity of the case. Not all cases will require the solicitor to be in attendance where a barrister has been appointed.
Disbursements are costs related to the matter that are payable to third parties, such as any court fees, medical reports, etc and are in addition to other fees.
Counsel’s (barrister) fees are estimated between £1,000 to £2,000 per day (exc VAT) (depending on the experience of the barrister) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
There may be other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy and this will be checked at an early stage.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
The stages set out above are an indication only.
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 4-6 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a final hearing, the case is likely to take 6-12 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.
Preferential rates apply to returning clients and existing clients.
All fees will be subject to VAT at the standard rate of 20%.
Vivien Earp qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and her particular expertise is in employment law. Vivien is also a qualified workplace mediator.
We invite people to call us with any questions and we would be happy to explain and go through any of the above with you in more detail so that you have a better understanding of the whole process.