Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employees on Employment Tribunal claims, Settlement Agreements and all other aspects of employment disputes. Our clients include everyone from directors and senior executives through to entry-level workers.
As an employee, you have rights under the law that employers must respect. If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital. This will allow you to get a clear picture of whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.
Our employment solicitors offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best available outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.
Our expert team has years of experience, so have almost certainly dealt with similar situations to the one you are facing many times. We will explore all the options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities.
We know that value for money and overall costs really matter when pursuing an employment claim, so will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. This way, you can be confident we are handling matters for you in a cost effective and efficient way.
If you decide to make an employment tribunal claim, we can offer strong experience in handling Employment Tribunal proceedings and appeals. Our team can provide the robust arguments, skilled judgment and lateral thinking need to prepare your case and achieve the best available outcome.
Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal we will advise you on the best strategy for you and any additional fees involved.
We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.
In cases that proceed to a full hearing at a tribunal for unfair dismissal the costs involved are likely to be in the region of £8,000 - £10,000 + VAT.
It is not possible to put a definitive figure on the costs as each case depends on its individual circumstances. The above figure is for a hearing that lasts two to three days. Some cases last longer than this and will cost more. Some cases involve more papers than other cases. The above figure is for an average case that usually involves one lever arch file of paperwork. In cases where there is significantly more paperwork than one lever arch the costs will be higher. This is because the witness statements tend to be longer and more complicated. Some cases involve more witnesses than others. The above figure is for a case that involves one or two witnesses. In cases where there are more witnesses than that the costs will be higher because it will involve preparing more witness statements and more cross examination.
For cases where you wish to instruct a barrister rather than asking us to appear at the hearing for you the costs will be higher than the costs set out above because you will have to pay the barrister’s fees in addition to ours. Barrister’s fees may vary considerably.
The costs will include all work done to draft your initial claim, respond to a response from your employer, or former employer, advising you of the risks and strategies on your case, corresponding with your opponent and the tribunal, preparing witness statements, dealing with disclosure issues, requesting any relevant expert reports such as medical reports and preparing for and presenting your case to the tribunal.
We charge for our work on an hourly rate basis. The hourly rate is currently between £175 + VAT per hour and £210 + VAT per hour depending on the level and experience of solicitor you wish to instruct. The costs are higher for more senior and experienced solicitors.
In order to commence any tribunal proceedings you are required to complete ACAS compulsory conciliation. We charge a fixed fee for compulsory conciliation. That fixed fee is between £500 + VAT and £600 + VAT depending on the seniority and experience of the solicitor who deals with compulsory conciliation on your behalf.
The time to deal with your case depends on a number of factors. One is the availability of the tribunal and how quickly the case can be listed. A typical case is usually listed before a tribunal for a final hearing within 6-8 months. It can be longer or shorter than this depending on the availability of the tribunal and any witnesses. If the first day of the case is the day that the claim is issued at the tribunal then usually a response will be received within 28 days. The tribunal will usually send the response to us within seven days of receiving it. Often a Pre Hearing Review (PHR) is listed at the tribunal to take place within 5-6 weeks of the tribunal sending a response to us. Once the PHR has taken place disclosure of relevant documents takes place within 4-6 weeks. Witness statements are usually required 6-8 weeks after the disclosure has been dealt with and then a final hearing is listed as soon as possible thereafter.
All of the costs, as set out above, are exclusive of VAT.
As the law currently stands there are no tribunal fees to pay to bring an employment claim. Disbursements that do arise are disbursements for medical reports from, for example, your GP. The fee for a medical report is usually between £50 and £60 including VAT but this can vary from doctor to doctor. It is not a disbursement that we are able to control the cost of.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex
In the event that the issues become more complex, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (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 after blowing the whistle on your employer
- If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal
There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- 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 your claim
- Reviewing and advising on the 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, or instructing a barrister.