Employment Law Cost Guideline
Unfair Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal
Experience and Qualifications
Mark Thomas, Solicitor & Partner will carry out the vast majority of your employment work. Mark has over 30 years’ experience of representing employers and employees at Employment Tribunals on Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, Redundancy and Discrimination cases, and is a recognised expert across the whole spectrum of employment issues including Settlement Agreements and Disciplinary/Grievance issues. He has successfully taken cases to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
Bringing and Defending Claims for Unfair Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal
Every claim is unique and as such the amount of hours required to see it through to completion at an Employment Tribunal will depend on the precise details of the case. At Arthur Jackson & Co we always seek to keep our Clients as informed as possible should any unexpected eventualities result in a claim demanding a greater workload than previously expected.
The vast majority of Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal claims will fall into one of the following cost categories which cover all the key claim stages below (unless indicated otherwise) except the cost of representation at a Tribunal Hearing:
- Initial advice and preparation of Claim Form or Response (Defence) only: £1,000 (plus VAT)
- Standard: £2,000 – £5,000 (plus VAT)
- Medium Complexity: £5,000 – £15,000 (plus VAT)
- High Complexity: £15,000+ (plus VAT)
VAT on our fees is charged at 20%.
Representation at a Tribunal Hearing
Our fee for Mark Thomas, Solicitor to represent you at a Tribunal Hearing is estimated between £1,500 – £2,000 per day (plus VAT) depending on the complexity of the case.
For a Barrister to represent you at a Tribunal Hearing we estimate fees between £1,000 – £2,000 per day (plus VAT) depending on the experience of the Barrister and the complexity of the case.
Preparation and negotiation work on your claim will be billed at an hourly rate of £275.00 per hour (plus VAT) for work conducted by Mark Thomas, Solicitor and £150-£225 per hour (plus VAT) for Paralegal preparation by University educated Paralegals with over 3 years’ experience on Employment work.
The following factors help to dictate the workload required to complete your claim and its cost:
- The potential value of the claim
- The number and type of additional employment claims being made
- The number of witnesses
- The nature and quality of the evidence
- The number and volume of documents to be read and evaluated
- The extent of mandatory ACAS early conciliation involvement
- The extent of any settlement discussions
- The question of whether any disclosure or other applications have to be made to the Tribunal
- The directions given by the Tribunal setting out the steps which the parties have to take in preparation for Hearing
- The length of any Employment Tribunal Hearing
Disbursements & Additional Charges
If in the course of your case fees / costs become payable to a third party these are known as disbursements. This could include things such as travel costs, witness summons fees, document production costs and Barristers fees. In the vast majority of cases, our Head of Department, Mark Thomas will conduct the Employment Tribunal Hearing on your behalf. You will always be informed, in writing, prior to disbursements being incurred.
Key Claim Stages
- Initial instruction
- Evidence review
- Advising you on validity of claim and potential compensation
- Pre-claim early conciliation – this involves a mandatory settlement exploration involving ACAS. We would ordinarily conduct negotiations through ACAS on our Client’s behalf.
- Preparation and submission of Application to Employment Tribunal on behalf of Employee.
- Preparation and submission of Response to Application on behalf of Employer.
- The Employment Tribunal directs the parties to follow a specific timetable of steps designed to get the case ready for Hearing.
Disclosure, Schedule of Loss and Witness Statements.
- The parties disclose and inspect the documents relevant to the case. The Claimant prepares and serves a Schedule of Loss. Witness Statements are prepared and exchanged on behalf of employer and employee.
- Preparation for and attendance at the Hearing.
How long will it take to complete your case?
Whether a settlement is reached, and if so at what stage, will dictate the length of time required to complete your case where a Tribunal Hearing is not required. In the event that a settlement is reached during the pre-claim conciliation, it will likely take somewhere between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on when ACAS are first contacted. Where settlement cannot be reached and a claim advances to Tribunal Hearing on average the claim is likely to take between 30-52 weeks; but it may take longer than a year in more complex cases. These time frames are only estimates and we will provide you with more accurate time frames once we are aware of the specifics of your case and as it progresses.
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