Employment Tribunals for unfair or wrongful dismissals fees
Employment Tribunal: Range Of Costs
At Richard Reed we pride ourselves on providing precise and practical advice to both employees and employers in all matters relating to employment tribunal matters.
Our average price range for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (excluding Counsel’s fees and other additional third party costs) is as follows:-
Simple case: £1,500 to £10,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £10,001 to £20,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £20,001 to £30,000 (excluding VAT) or more
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 an employee 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 an employee is dismissed after blowing the whistle on his/her employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Additional costs are those related to your matter that are payable to third parties, for example medical experts. We handle the payment of these on your behalf to ensure a smoother process although we do require money on account of all additional third party costs from our clients.
Generally, we would instruct a barrister (also known as Counsel) to represent you at a Tribunal hearing. We will always endeavour to agree the barrister’s fees in advance of the hearing. We do require money on account of Counsel’s fees.
A barrister’s fees cover would normally charge a brief fee (which covers their preparation for the hearing and representation for the first day of the hearing) and a refresher fee (which covers representation for each additional day after the first day of the hearing). Brief fees are estimated to range from £500 to £5,000 plus VAT (depending on the experience of the barrister and the complexity of the case). Refresher fees are estimated to range from £500 to £1,250 plus VAT per day (again, depending on the experience of the barrister and the complexity of the case).
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 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 for the Final Hearing
- 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 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 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 six weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take six to twelve 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.
Lisa Branker manages our Employment law/HR department. Lisa qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has specialised in this area since that time.
If you wish to discuss matters in more detail, please contact Lisa on 0191 567 0465 or by email email@example.com and she would be more than happy to chat to you and/or arrange an initial appointment with you.