In respect of pre-negotiated Settlement Agreements that need to be endorsed by a Solicitor, our fees start from £300 plus VAT. In most circumstances, all or most of our fees will be covered by the employer once the Settlement Agreement has been signed. Our fees will depend on the seniority of the employee concerned and the complexities of the issues raised.
The provision of advice and representation to employees in relation to the bringing of claims before the Employment Tribunal against an employer for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal:
Average range of costs – £2,000 – £30,000 plus VAT at 20% and disbursements. Disbursements to include counsel’s fees of between £3,000 – £15,000 plus VAT at 20%. Basis of charges – hourly rate. Experience of anyone carrying out the work – either Legal Executive or Solicitor with suitable experience and properly supervised at all times.
The provision of advice and representation to employers in relation to defending claims before the Employment Tribunal brought by an employee for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal:
Average range of costs – £10,000 – £40,000 plus VAT at 20% and disbursements. Disbursements to include counsel’s fees of between £7,000 – £60,000 plus VAT at 20%. Basis of charges – hourly rate. Experience of anyone carrying out the work – either Legal Executive or Solicitor with suitable experience and properly supervised at all times.
The key stages of a claim are: 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 is 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 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 for and attendance at an Employment Tribunal Hearing, including if applicable instructions to Counsel.
Depending on when your case is resolved. This can take anywhere from four weeks to 18 months. More accurate timescales will be provided once we have further information and as the matter progresses.
Additional work may be required that is not included in the fees above if we are defending a claim brought by someone who is not legally represented or if complex issues arise such as claims under the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.