Fees for “Ordinary” Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published Transparency Rules requiring firms to provide information to consumers in relation to certain legal services, including legal costs. The costing information listed below is not intended to be a quote and you should speak to one of our specialists to discuss further.

The information below provides an overview of our potential fees in bringing or defending claims for ‘ordinary’ unfair and wrongful dismissal in the Employment Tribunal. Our fees for these types of claim can range from £5,000 to in excess of £100,000 plus VAT (charged at 20%), depending on the complexity of the matter and at what stage, if any, the matter is resolved. In the most complex whistleblowing cases, our fees may exceed the range set out above.

A case is likely to be more “complex” if, as examples, there are a number of witnesses, a large number of documents to review, or any interlocutory applications to deal with.

Our fees are based on our hourly rates which will be discussed with you at the outset of the matter. The hourly charge out rates in our Employment Department range from £180 to £400 plus VAT (charged at 20%) depending on the seniority of the individual involved in the case. Please note these fees are subject to yearly review. We will provide you with regular fee updates and will endeavour, where possible, to provide an estimate of our fees at the outset of the matter up to the date of any potential hearing.

In handling these types of claims, we will assist you with the following:

  • Taking your initial instructions and reviewing the papers;
  • Assisting with any ACAS Early Conciliation;
  • Preparing a claim or response;
  • Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from the other party;
  • Managing correspondence and negotiations with the other party;
  • Preparing documents for the Tribunal, including any necessary applications and witness evidence;
  • Where applicable, instructing experts and other lawyers, including Counsel; and
  • Representing you at any Tribunal hearing.

The range of fees set out above does not include any provision for third party costs (“disbursements”). The primary third party cost is Counsel’s fees, which are usually based on hourly rates which can range from £175 to £400 depending on the barrister’s experience and qualifications and the complexity of the case.  In certain claims, there may also be a requirement to obtain expert evidence, for example, from a medical specialist. Expert witnesses typically charge between £100 and £200 an hour, though their rates will vary depending on experience and specialisation. Counsel’s fees and expert witness fees will be subject to VAT.

The length of time it takes from receiving your initial instructions to a final resolution of a matter will be determined by the circumstances of the matter. This may vary from a very short period (if the matter settles early) to anything in excess of 18 months (if the matter proceeds to a final hearing).

For further information, please contact one our Employment team.