Employment Law Cost Guideline
Unfair Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal
Bringing and Defending Claims
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:
- Standard: £1,000 – £5,000 plus VAT
- Moderately Complex : £5,000 – £15,000 plus VAT
- Complex : £15,000+ plus VAT
Your claim will be billed at an hourly rate which is dictated by the level of experience of the individual working on your case. This ranges from £200 – £250 per hour plus VAT for work conducted by our experienced Head of Department who is a Solicitor. £150 – £175 per hour for Paralegal preparation.
The following factors help to dictate the work load required to complete your claim:
- 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 should it be necessary to instruct a barrister. The fee for instructing a Barrister to represent you at the Hearing is usually in the region of £750 to £1,500 per day. In most cases, our Head of Department will conduct the Employment Tribunal Hearing on your behalf. You will always be informed, in writing, prior to disbursements being incurred.
- 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 at which stage, will dictate the length of time required to complete your case. In the event that a settlement can be reached during the pre-claim conciliation it will likely take somewhere between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on when ACAS are first contacted. When settlement cannot be reached and a claim advances to Tribunal on average the claim is likely to take 27 weeks; but it may take in the region of 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.
Mark Thomas, Solicitor & Partner will carry out your employment work. Mark has over 30 years’ experience of representing employers and employees at Employment Tribunals and advising upon the whole spectrum of employment issues. Mark is a recognised expert on Settlement Agreements, Disciplinary/Grievance issues, Discrimination and Unfair Dismissal. He has successfully taken cases to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
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