Unfair and wrongful dismissal fees

Our award winning employment team are dedicated to providing clear and transparent pricing for bringing and defending unfair and wrongful dismissal claims. We’ll help you find the best option to suit your circumstances.

What’s the average cost of a claim?

The cost of a claim will depend on many factors, including the stage at which it settles. The majority of our cases settle early and often well in advance of an Employment Tribunal Hearing or even before a tribunal claim has to be submitted. Often if they settle, the employer will pay some or all of the legal fees as part of the terms of settlement. Note also that home contents insurance policies often include provision for the payment of legal fees in the event of an employment dispute and subject to a case fulfilling their criteria, an insurer will then fund some or all of your legal fees.

  • Simple cases start from £3,000 and range from £3,000-£17,000.
  • Medium complexity cases start from £5,000 and range from £7,000-£25,000.
  • High complexity case start from £17,000 and range from £30,000-£50,000.

VAT is charged in addition at 20%.

Hourly rates

Our hourly rates range from £125 to £300 plus vat depending on the complexity of your case, the experience of the lawyer and your location.  Based on your individual circumstances we’ll advise you on the best option for you.

What’s included?

Each case is unique and requires varying levels of support depending on your individual circumstances.  We’ll advise in your initial consultation and throughout your case what level of support is required. We’ve listed the stages which may be included but these will vary from case to case.

  • Initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on the merits and likely compensation
  • Entering into ACAS early conciliation to explore if a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing a claim/ response and reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing a schedule of loss
  • Making requests and responding to requests for additional information and documents
  • Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing
  • Preparing documents for disclosure and reviewing the opponent’s documents
  • Exchanging documents with the other party, agreeing documents and preparing documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements, agreeing their content with witnesses and reviewing/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
  • Advising throughout on strategy, strength of case and general management of the case
  • Dealing with correspondence from the opponent or their representative throughout the proceedings
  • Preparing documents and instructions for Counsel and conferences with Counsel

Can I do any of the work myself?

You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some areas.  This can be arranged based on your individual needs and can be a way of saving costs.

What defines the complexity?

A case can become more complex for a number of reasons including:

  • Complex issues of loss such as loss of long term incentives, pension or career
  • Where unusual orders are required such as anonymity orders
  • Cases where a separate remedy hearing in required i.e. to work out the level of financial award to be made
  • Dismissal cases which are linked to allegations of discrimination
  • Automatic unfair dismissal claims e.g. whistleblowing cases
  • Making or defending a cost application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether a claim has been brought in time, whether the individual is an employee, whether the case is sufficiently strong or should be stuck out
  • Making or defending applications to amend claims or provide further information about existing claims
  • Long history associated with the claim
  • Numerous witnesses being called by either side
  • Extensive documentation relevant to the claim

How long will my case take?

It will largely depend on which stage a case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during ACAS early conciliation it’s likely to take 2-6 weeks.  If a claim proceeds to a Final Hearing it could take 26-52 weeks.  We’re able to give a more accurate timescale on individual cases when we have more information.

Are there any other costs involved?

To ensure the smooth running of your case we handle any necessary payments to third parties such as experts on your behalf.  These payments are called disbursements, we’ll keep you updated on them.

Barristers’ fees range between £600 to £2,500 per day for attending a Tribunal Hearing, in addition to a preparation fee for final hearing (called a “brief fee”) which varies between £1,000 to £10,000 plus VAT at 20%.  These fees are in addition to those set out above but are usually only incurred if the case proceeds to an actual hearing.

For details of the team who may work on your case click here.