We do not charge fixed fees for making or defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal.
Any work we carry out will be charged by reference to the hourly rate of the solicitors who undertake the work which is based on an hourly rate of £275 plus VAT (of 20% being £55) totalling £330.
By the very nature of this type of work it is not possible to give you a definitive quote without further information from you because this will be entirely dependent upon the amount of work required and the particular circumstances of your matter. However from our experience we are able to give you an estimated range of likely fees as follows for taking all steps up to but excluding the final hearing stage.
Our fee estimate for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is set out below:
Simple case: £5,000 to £10,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
Medium complexity case: £10,000 to £20,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
High complexity case: £20,000 to £50,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
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
- Where the facts to be determined span a lengthy period of time
- 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 more than one preliminary hearings are required
- Where separate hearings for remedy are required after a liability hearing
- 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
- Where a claim involves a variety of claims or more than one Claimant is involved
If necessary, there will be an additional charge for one of our solicitors to attend a final Tribunal Hearing of up to £2,250 plus VAT per day (based on up to 10 hours of work including travelling time). Generally, we would allow 1-10 days for the final hearing depending on the complexity of your case. The length of the hearing is often set by the Employment Tribunal as soon as a case is issued or at a preliminary hearing which is relatively near to the beginning of a claim at which point we can provide a more precise estimate of the cost for the final hearing.
Our fee estimates do not include any work or advice required with regard to any appeal of an Employment Tribunal decision or an application for costs or defence of an application for costs against you except where this is dealt with as part of the final hearing.