Costs Transparency

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £10-£15,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £15,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £25,000-£100,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Lawyer’s Experience and Cost

Level

Experience

Hourly Cost

Partner

15+ years pqe

£275 plus VAT

Senior Solicitor

10+ years pqe

£225 plus VAT

Solicitor

5-10 years pqe

£195 plus VAT

Junior Solicitor

0-5 years pqe

£175 plus VAT

Paralegal

0 years pqe +

£125 plus VAT

 

We allocate tasks to the level of lawyer appropriate to the nature and value of the task so as to complete the task efficiently and cost-effectively.

 

Factors affecting complexity and costs

Factors that are likely to make a case more complex and/or reasonably justify greater cost:

  • The financial, strategic and reputational value of the outcome to you

  • The number of claimants and/or respondents to the case

  • Material changes to your instructions during the lifetime of the case (e.g. changes to your instructions regarding the factual issues, the evidence, and/or your aims)

  • Inefficient or untimely compliance by you with reasonable requests by us or to directions/orders of the court/tribunal (e.g. provision of relevant documents in batches across a wide period of time)

  • 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 (e.g. whether the claim should be dismissed for any reason or the prospects of success of either claim or defence)

  • The number of witnesses and documents

  • Late revelation of important evidence

  • The claim concerns a potentially automatic unfair reason for dismissal (e.g. if the dismissal concerns an alleged connection to whistleblowing)

  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal (although this would normally take the case into a different costs structure altogether)

  • Postponements or adjournments to hearings or a requirement for a re-hearing of the same issue

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT) if you wish us to attend the hearing.. Generally, we would allow 1-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barristers fees, photocopying fees, courier costs, court fees. Generally, we invoice you for the cost of disbursement and then make the payment of the disbursements to the relevant provider on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. We may require you to pay any applicable court fees direct at the time they are due for payment.

Counsel's fees estimated between £1,500 – £10,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

 

Key stages

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

  • 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.

    Where an appeal occurs (whether on an order, direction or judgment of the Court/Tribunal) then this will be subject to separate and additional costs.

     

    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 2-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 3 and 18 months. This is just an estimate and is largely driven by the date listed by the Court/Tribunal for Final Hearing. We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

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