The below estimates are for assistance in cases of Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, and Combined Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal. There are estimates for varying complexities below. Our fees are calculated on an hourly rate, and the below considers the time required for legal advice and representation for all work carried out pre-issue, post-issue, and up to and including the Final Hearing.
The below estimates do not include VAT or disbursements.
Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, and Combined Unfair & Wrongful Dismissal Cost Estimates for Individuals
Simple case: £2,500 – £5,000
Medium complexity case: £5,500 – £9,000
High complexity case: £8,000 – £15,000
Based on an Hourly Rate of £230
4 – 6 weeks if settled during pre-claim conciliation
4 – 8 months if claim proceeds to final hearing
Disbursements are costs related to third party services which we pay on your behalf. We have not included the following disbursements in the above estimate:
The most common disbursement for this type of work is Counsel’s fees. This is the cost of the barrister for the final hearing which may be between £750 and £3,000 per day plus VAT (depending on their experience)
If we are to accompany Counsel to the Tribunal Hearing there will be an additional fee for £1,000 plus VAT
If we advocate on your behalf we will provide a separate quote which could vary from £1,500 to £2,500 plus VAT per day depending on the complexity of the case, amount of documentation, and umber of witnesses.
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
- Dealing with any tribunal hearings listed to deal with directions (common in more complex cases and discrimination cases)
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party and re-assessment after disclosure
- 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.
Factors that could make a case more complex:
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)
The number of witnesses and documents
The length of the hearing which inevitably means there is more preparation involved
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
Meet the Team
Most work is undertaken by Dan Wilde, Head of the Employment Department, a solicitor with over 24 years’ experience in dealing with employment law issues. Dan has a strong national client following, and brings considerable expertise in public and private sector employment work having acted in many high profile cases. Having handled many complex discrimination cases, Dan has acted in a number of reported cases and is well regarded by legal publications such as Chambers. Daniel has particular experience in advising employers on senior management issues.
Employment Tribunals for Individuals
Taking Instructions & Initial Advice
At this stage we will take instructions from you on the case. We will review the papers and advise you on the merits of the claim and likely compensation.
In the pre-claim stage it is mandatory to follow the Acas Early Conciliation procedure.
Preparing a Claim
Thereafter, if a settlement has not been reached, we will look at preparing a claim on your behalf.
Throughout this and the following stages we will continue to explore potential settlement and reevaluate likely outcomes and compensation.
Preparing for the Hearing
In preparation for the Final Hearing we will explore which documents we will need from you to develop a bundle of documents. We may be required to attend a Preliminary Hearing to answer any initial queries the judge may have regarding the case.
We will need to take witness statements.
These sorts of tasks may add greater complexity to the case and increase the time estimate provided above.
We will prepare for and attend the Final Hearing, which may include providing instructions to Counsel to act on your behalf.