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Employment Tribunal Costs
In accordance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s rules on costs transparency, we have set out below our costs for bringing and defending wrongful and unfair dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal. The costs set out below are an estimate.
Wrongful Dismissal Claim (single claim):
£5000 - £10,000 plus VAT
Unfair Dismissal Claims:
Simple cases: £8000 - £12,000 plus VAT
Medium complexity cases: £12,000 - £20,000 plus VAT
Complex cases: £20,000 - £35,000 plus VAT
Factors influencing the cost of your case
• Multiple or additional complex claims, such as discrimination and whistleblowing
• Complex preliminary issues e.g. establishing if you or the other party has a disability
• Making or defending 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
• The volume of witnesses
• The volume of documents
• If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim
Key stages included in the above prices
• Taking your initial instructions
• Reviewing documents
• Entering into pre-claim conciliation
• Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
• Advising you on liability (your chances of winning) and quantum (any likely compensation you may receive)
• Preparing, drafting and submitting the ET1 (claim form) or ET3 (response form)
• Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the other party
• Preparing and attending a preliminary hearing
• Preparing and finalising or considering a schedule of loss
• Preparing, finalising and agreeing a bundle of documents
• Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
• Preparing, finalising and exchanging or considering a bundle of documents with the other side
• Attendance, by us, at the final tribunal hearing
The stages set out above are an indication of range of services we offer and can be adapted to suit your individual needs.
Potential Additional Charges
• Substantial applications – if a formal request requires considerable preparation and/or response
• Expenses and disbursements – these can include: travel, accommodation, medical and other expert reports, postage and photocopying
• Advocacy services: This will be an additional cost if we need to instruct Counsel for their opinion and/or for their attendance at the hearing
• Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
• Preparing and attending judicial mediation
Disbursements are expenses related to your case payable to us or to third parties. We can handle payment of disbursements on your behalf but sometimes you may be asked to pay them direct.
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 39-104 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.
Information about our team is available on the 'Our People' pages.