Problems at Work - acting for the employee
This price information is for assistance in relation to claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal by an employee against an employer.
Legal Fees and Disbursements
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.
Fees are charged on a private paying basis and will usually vary depending on the complexity of the matter.
Simple case: Average fees are between £750 and £3,500 + VAT
Medium complexity case: Average fees are between £3,500 and £7,000 + VAT
High complexity case: Average fees are between £7,000 and £15,000 + VAT
Factors that may affect the complexity of the case include:
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if there has been a dismissal after blowing the whistle on the employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Before agreeing to act for you on a private basis, we will discuss with you whether there are other means of funding this matter. It is important that you explore whether you have any insurance policies, trade union or affinity memberships that may provide funding for this type of claim.
Before you instruct us to act for you, we will send a letter to you setting out the basis of how we will be charging you.
Likely disbursements will be:
Counsel's fees estimated between £1200 to £900 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
What services does this fee include
The following steps are included
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and the likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing your claim
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
- Preparing bundle of documents that we will rely on at the hearing
- Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
Potential additional costs may be charged for
- Other claims that may be brought (for example a claim for sexual or disability discrimination against your employer)
Typical timescales and key stages
- 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 4 to 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 3 to 6 months. This is an estimate only and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
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