Employment Tribunal Fees: Fees for Bringing or Defendig Claims for Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal
The charges for bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal will vary considerably depending upon the issues that need to be delat with, the desire of the parties to reach compromise and the experience of the person handling your case. Claims are rarely entirely straightforward so our estimates are based upon medium and high complexity cases.
Medium complexity case: £5,000+VAT
High complexity case: £18,000+VAT
Additionally, instructing a barrister to represent you at hearings is typically required and his / her fees will be discussed and agreed with you in advance.
Factors that could make a case more complex include, but are no limited to:
- Applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Defending a claim brought by someone acting for themselves without legal representation
- 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 you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge of attending a Final Tribunal Hearing of £750+VAT per day plus travel costs. The number of days will be dictated by the complexity of the case. Most medium complexity cases will be dealt within one day.
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. We will require payment in advance for any such fees.
Instructing a barrister to represent you at hearing. Barrister’s fees estimated between £750 and £2,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). We will obtain an estimate of fees and seek your approval before instructing an advocate.
NB. You should check all / any insurance policies you / your business may hold to see whether they inlcude Legal Expense Insurance Cover BEFORE instructing solicitors as if you do not have such cover, it may not be retrospective.
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and possible compensation (this is likely to be revised throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering in to pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
- Preparing claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from 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 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 the 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 an agreed method of working.
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 thr pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 24 weeks. 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.