Price and Service Transparency
We want to be upfront and transparent with you regarding our services and costs to ensure that you can make an informed choice when involved in legal action.
In support of this ethos, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) who regulate our industry, also want prospective clients to be able to make a choice based on upfront, no-nonsense information.
So that there are no surprises, set out below is an overview of our pricing structure based on a straightforward unfair dismissal (including constructive dismissal) and/or wrongful dismissal claim. Our pricing covers those who want to bring a claim and the costs for defending such a claim. It is a general indication based on our experience.
Unfair dismissal claims can vary in complexity. Other claims may have been brought at the same time as the unfair dismissal claim, such as a claim for discrimination or bullying. If so, the cost will generally increase.
Wrongful dismissal claims are usually made where notice pay has not been made in circumstances where it is due. Often, it will be brought at the same time as an unfair dismissal claim but it can be a standalone claim.
Our range of hourly fees are from £100 to £250 plus VAT at the current rate of 20%.
Work will generally be undertaken by an experience employment lawyer or HR professional with overall supervision from a Solicitor with over 20 years in practice.
An overview of our prices is set out below. All prices are exclusive of VAT (currently 20%).
- Simple claim £3,000 to £5,000
- Medium claim £5,000 to £9,000
- Complex claim £9,000 to £15,000
Disbursements are additional costs that may be needed to ensure a smooth running of a case. They usually include costs for a medical report or counsel’s fees (a barrister that we may instruct to represent you in court). Disbursements can vary, again, usually relating to the complexity of a case as the more facets to a case, the longer the hearing will tend to be. However, as an indication, disbursements are likely to be in the region of £500 to £5,000 plus VAT.
We shall endeavour to give you an early indication regarding the level of complexity of the case. However, points we consider in assessing the case will include the reason for the unfair dismissal; whether notice was given and served; whether there are any other claims that are brought at the same time.
As soon as we reasonably can, we shall provide you with an initial price estimate which we shall keep under review and update you should the initial quote be exceeded.
In addition, it is important that you are aware of the key stages in an unfair dismissal and/or wrongful dismissal claim. These are:
- ACAS Early Conciliation;
- Issuing or responding to (defending) a claim;
- Disclosure of documents (and creation of joint bundle);
- Preparing witness statements;
- Instructing counsel (conference may be needed in advance of hearing(s));
- Attendance and representation at preliminary hearing(s) (if required);
- Attendance and representation at final hearing.
It is difficult to provide a precise timeframe as there are may factors that can affect the progression of a case. However, from the point of a claim being submitted to the tribunal, there will be approximately a month before the respondent is made aware. They will then have 4 weeks to file a response (defence).
The tribunal office dealing with the claim will generally provide case management orders setting dates when certain actions need to be completed by. However, on average, it is usually somewhere between 9 and 12 months for a case to reach a full hearing.
A simple, straightforward claim may have a final hearing lasting one day at tribunal but a more complex claim could last, on average around 5 days.
When deciding whether to pursue a case, funding is an important consideration. It is important to be aware of your funding options at the outset as it can affect your decision-making process along the way. The funding options available will be discussed with you.
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We appreciate there is a lot of information to consider but it is important that you are fully aware of what is involved. If there is anything that you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to give us a call for further information