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Our charges for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will depend on a number of variables, including the complexity of the case.Factors that could make a case more complex include:
The hourly charge rate for the members of our employment team vary from £150 to £295 per hour (excluding VAT).Our estimated price ranges for unfair and wrongful dismissal claims are:
Simple case £7,000 to £13,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case £9,000 to £17,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case £15,000 to £31,000 (excluding VAT)
These estimates do not include the costs incurred for the hearing of the claim.When a case goes to a hearing we offer our clients a range of options with regard to representation.The options include:
If you wish to have a team member attend the hearing as well as an advocate, for example for note taking and advice during the day, there will be an additional charge of between £750 plus VAT to £1,500 plus VAT per day.This figure is based on a relatively junior member of the team attending.If the request was made for a more senior member of the team to attend, then the fees would be higher.
If you wish to have counsel provide a separate Advice before the hearing then additional counsel’s fees will apply.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of the claim:
Our prices do not include any of the following:
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Tribunal and Court fees or counsel’s fees.In addition to the counsel’s fees outlined above, if you require counsel’s advice before the hearing then a separate fee would be charged.For a written advice we estimate that the cost would be between £1,000-£2,000 plus VAT, depending on the experience of counsel.
We will charge mileage at 40 per mile and rail fares at standard class cost.
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your case depends largely at the stage at which your case is resolved.If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 1-2 months.If your claim proceeds to a full hearing then your case is likely to take 8-12 months.This is just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
Please note that the above estimates are based purely on unfair and wrongful dismissal claims and exclude all other and separate heads of claim, including discrimination, whistleblowing, health and safety, Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and union activity claims.