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Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (breach of contract) is set out below. An unfair constructive dismissal matter or a case involving discrimination will always either be a case of medium or high complexity. These costs do not include Counsel’s fees or the costs of attendances at hearings.
Simple case, i.e. straightforward unfair dismissal: £800 – £1,500 (excluding VAT).
Medium complexity case including unfair constructive dismissal and/or discrimination: £1,000 – £3,500 (excluding VAT).
High complexity case: £1,000 – £5,000 (excluding VAT).
These fee ranges are based on an hourly charging rate of £200 (excluding VAT).
VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to our charges.
There will be an additional charge for our attending a Tribunal Hearing of up to but not exceeding £500 per day (excluding VAT). This is not always necessary. Counsel may be willing to attend without us in straightforward claims.
Generally, we would allow 1-4 days for a hearing depending on the complexity of your case. Most Claims are listed for one day only unless extremely complex or there are more than three witnesses.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. At the moment there are no tribunal fees in the Employment Tribunal. If this changes, we will let you know. We will usually instruct Counsel to represent you at the hearing and we will handle the payment of their fees on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees are estimated at £850 – £1,500 (excluding VAT) per day (depending on experience) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
When representing an employee in complex cases we will also instruct Counsel to prepare the Claim – fees for this are estimated at £500 – £1,200 (excluding VAT).
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim and you can pay as the matter progresses rather that in one lump sum:
The stages set out above are an indication of work that will need to be done and may not always be required. 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 depending on your individual needs.
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution 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 4-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 30-52 weeks. The case can settle at any time and costs will depend on how far the case has progressed subject to the maximum levels of the bands set out above.