Services and Pricing

Our pricing for defending claims in the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal, discrimination, unlawful deductions and associated contractual claims:

  • Simple case: £10,000 – £15,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Medium complexity case: £13,000 – £20,000 (excluding VAT)
  • High complexity case: £25,000+ (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about your defence to an existing claim.
  • If a case raises limitation or other jurisdictional points which require early identification and resolution.
  • Defending claims brought by a large number of linked claimants
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

We will tell you in writing at the outset of any matter which category the claim is likely to fall into however this may change as we receive more information about the claim. Should the category change we will inform you in writing about the fact ,and reasons for this change, and likely consequences for your fees at the earliest opportunity.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal hearing of, currently between £750 – £1500 per day depending upon the level of the lawyer attending the hearing (excluding VAT).

Travelling costs would also be payable depending upon the location of the Tribunal dealing with a particular claim.

Generally, we would expect a final hearing to last between 1 to 5 days depending on the complexity of the claim. A preliminary hearing is normally up to 1 day in duration.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. Common disbursements include rail or mileage costs, accommodation and exceptional document production costs. We will advise you of any disbursements in writing before these are incurred. Prior payment on account may also be required where the disbursements are large. For example Counsel may require upfront or staged payments prior to the hearing itself. If required we would require pre payment by you in these circumstances.

Counsel’s fees, excluding VAT, are estimated between £1000 to £2000+ 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 revised 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 a response.
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.
  • Preparing a request for further particulars of claim
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • 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 the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced.

How long will it take to resolve a claim?

The time that it takes to resolve a claim depends upon whether you reach a settlement and at what stage. The particular workload of the Tribunal dealing with the claim is also relevant. Large regional variations are not uncommon. A settlement reached during pre-claim conciliation is likely to take between 4 to 8 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, HM Courts and Tribunal Services report that, on average, it is likely to take up to 27 weeks but may take up to a year or more. 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • High-quality professional service with a personal touch
  • Experience you can trust
  • Ready to help, whatever your sector or circumstances
  • Specialist legal teams based in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster

Who would be looking after you?

Your file would be handled by one of highly experienced solicitors who along with the team, would handle your case from start to finish.

If you would like to know more about the people in the team, have a look:

Solicitors

Catherine Wilson

Lauren Pickard

Charlotte Ollerenshaw

Barry Warne

Or meet the rest of the team here

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