Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal Pricing

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case:  £3,000 to £6,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)

Medium complexity case:  £6,000 to £20,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)

High complexity case:  £20,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements) upwards

A simple case is one that will typically only require a one day hearing. A medium complexity case will usually require a 2-3 day hearing and a high complexity case will normally need more than 3 days for its disposal.

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
  • 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) or arguments about the “status” of a claimant
  • 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 for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT and disbursements). Generally, we would allow 2-6 days depending 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.

For attending a Tribunal Hearing counsel will usually charge a brief fee (which will cover their preparation and the first day of a hearing) and then a refresher fee for each subsequent day that they are required.  Counsel’s brief fee is estimated as between £1,500 to £5,000 plus VAT (depending on the experience of the advocate and the estimated length of the hearing).  The refresher is likely to be between £1,000 and £3,000 plus VAT per additional day (depending on the experience of the advocate).

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 the papers and advising you on 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  the claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising 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 a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • preparing a 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 Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of 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 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 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 2-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 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.