COST INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYMENT MATTERS
The SRA's 2018 Transparency Rules require all regulated law firms, who publish as part of their usual business that they offer certain services, to supply information on the prices they charge. For pricing on other types of work, we can provide an estimate upon request.
Unfair or wrongful dismissal
- Simple case: £6,000 - £12,000 plus VAT
- Medium complecity case: £12,000 - £24,000 plus VAT
- High complexity case: over £24,000 plus VAT
Factors that make a case more complex:
- If it is necessary to make or defenc applications, amend claims or 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
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if the employee is dismissed after blowing the whistle on their employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
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.
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 througout 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 claim or response.
- Reviewing and advising a on claim or response from the 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 their content with the 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 of Final Hearing.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages 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 be arranged on your individual needs.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of you matter 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 2-3 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 3 months and a year. 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.