Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
These prices are our view of the typical costs for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims at the Employment Tribunal, where the matter proceeds all the way to conclusion at a final hearing, based on our hourly rates and experience of these types of cases over the years.
- Simple case: £8,000 – 10,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
- Medium complexity case: £10,000 – 14,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
- High complexity case: £14,000 – £18,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)
Our hourly rates range from £160 plus VAT for a solicitor to £245 plus VAT for a partner. Please contact us for information about who in our team may be best to handle your matter.
For your information, factors that could make a case more complex include:
- 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 the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- Where it is necessary to make an application (or respond to an application) for further and better particulars
- The duration of the hearing and whether any preliminary hearings are required
- 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
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Please note that the above estimates are based on unfair or wrongful dismissal claims only. If your case involves other legal issues such as whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, or wages claims, then we will provide an estimate once we know more about your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties or to us, such as travel expenses or photocopying/printing costs. We generally handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process, but may sometimes require a payment on account before the costs are incurred. We will inform you if this applies to your case.
The likely cost of disbursements will depend on things like the location of any Employment Tribunal hearing (which will affect the level of travel and subsistence costs) and the volume of the documents involved (which will affect things like photocopying and printing costs).
For a matter at one of our nearest Employment Tribunals (Southampton or Croydon) our travel expenses are likely to be up to £100 for a one day hearing. For a Tribunal bundle of up to 100 pages (which would be likely to be the case for a very simple matter) the photocopying/printing costs are likely to be up to £30. In some cases the bundles are dealt with electronically, in which case no photocopying or printing costs will be applicable.
VAT would be added to these disbursements where applicable (charged at 20%).
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 the merits of the case and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into early conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing the draft claim or response for your approval, finalising it and submitting it to the Employment Tribunal
- Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process (in accordance with your instructions)
- 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
- preparing the bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation, attendance and representation at final hearing
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee may be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This may also be arranged, depending upon 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 early conciliation, your case is likely to take less than a month. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, then based on current Employment Tribunal listings your case is likely to take 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, but please note that the timescales are often outside our control.
Who will work on my matter?
One of our team of solicitors will handle your matter. For more information about our solicitors, please see our Who We Are page. All of our solicitors specialise only in employment law and all have experience in dealing with Employment Tribunal matters. If a solicitor carries out the work for you then their work will be supervised by either Nicola Brown or Peter Stevens.
The name of the person dealing with your matter will be agreed with you at the outset and they will be your main point of contact throughout the case.