Employment Claims Fees

Settlement Agreements

Our charges for preparing a settlement agreement, liaising with the employee (or their solicitors) and making any minor amendments - £350-£550 + VAT.

Independent legal advice for an employee on the terms of a settlement agreement: £250-500 + VAT. Our charges are normally limited to the employer’s contribution with no additional cost to the employee.

Employment Claims

Charges for bringing or defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will depend on the complexity of your case and in particular whether your case settles before the final hearing.

We have provided an estimate of costs if your matter progresses to final hearing, below:

  • Simple cases: £6,000-£8,000 + VAT and disbursements
  • Medium complexity cases: £8,000-£10,000 + VAT and disbursements
  • Very complex cases: £10,000-£16,000 + VAT and disbursements

Factors that could make the 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 a claim that is brought by a litigant in person.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • If there are any complex preliminary issues
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

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 documents and advising you on the 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.
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the other party.
  • Considering potential settlement proposals throughout the process.
  • Preparing or considering any schedules of losses
  • Preparing for (and attending) any preliminary hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements and drafting statements.
  • Preparing bundle of documents.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and /or witness list
  • Preparation and attendance at final hearing, including instructions to counsel

Discrimination claims

These claims are often more complex than a straightforward unfair or wrongful dismissal claims and will often involve preliminary hearings. Our charges will depend on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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.

If it is necessary to instruct a barrister to undertake the advocacy for your hearing then we will obtain quotes from Chambers so that you can make an informed decision about which barrister you wish to instruct. The fees that a barrister will charge will depend on their expertise and their experience, as well as the complexity of the case and the length of the hearing. Barrister’s fees for an initial hearing can range between £1000 to £2500 + VAT. Where hearings last more than one day, the barrister will charge a fee for each day. The fee for each additional day can be between £1000 to £1500 + VAT

Funding options

  • Fixed fee – where possible we can agree a fixed fee at the outset.
  • Hourly rate – We offer a competitive hourly rate to clients, details of which are given below.
  • No win no fee – We may also be able to offer a no win no fee agreements, which would means that you do not have to pay our fees from the date of the agreement, if you follow our advice and are not successful.

You should always check the terms of any insurance policy, bank account or credit card for which you, your spouse or immediate family and/or company may have to see if bolted on to the same is any legal expenses insurance which may assist you and provide indemnity to you in respect of your costs.

How long will the 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 pre-claim conciliation your case is likely to take six to eight weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a final hearing your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks. This unfortunately is very much dependent upon listings at an employment tribunal, the complexity of the matter and the number of days required for a final hearing. This is therefore 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. During the covid-19 pandemic, cases are taking much longer to conclude.

Contact

Haroon Khan is our employment Solicitor who has over 15 years experience in dealing with the full range of employment tribunal matters. His full profile can be found under the “Our People” section of this website. His charging rate is £200 (£240 VAT inclusive) per hour.

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