Ashtons Legal are required to provide pricing information for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal by our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Disputes in the Employment Tribunal are not a commodity and are based on all sorts of variables just as individuals and their workplaces are hugely diverse. It is not uncommon for claims to include Discrimination Law and Claims under Other jurisdictions at the same time as Wrongful Dismissal and/or Ordinary Unfair Dismissal and you need expert advice on the facts of your claim or defence to make sure that all the claims and issues in the case are included properly. Furthermore, it is rare for us to advise clients to bring Wrongful Dismissal claims alone in the Employment Tribunal as the maximum value of any damages award is limited to £25,000.
Here are some definitions you may find useful when following the employment tribunal process:
The pricing set out below is based on the following assumptions about your case:
Our experience is that clients wish us to charge mostly on an hourly rate basis and our rates are set out below (which are reviewed annually). However, in order to give our client’s the maximum control of their legal costs we will agree at least two fee options at the commencement of their matter (whether that be fixed fees, capped fees or some other fee arrangement). There may also be instances where you have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy which will contribute toward, or all, of your legal costs too and your solicitor will discuss this with you.
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Our experience of typical fee ranges for cases concerning Ordinary Unfair Dismissal and/or Wrongful Dismissal are:-
Factors that could make a case more complex:
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Typical disbursements will include *Counsel's fees (a barrister to represent you at hearings) estimated between £1,500 to 8,000 per day (depending on experience and seniority of the advocate) including their preparation time.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim (as summarised in the diagram above):
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
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 4-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks depending on the judicial resources available in the Employment Tribunal.
This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses. Above all, the above information is intended as a guide only and you should only rely upon the pricing information contained in your client engagement letter as the basis for the legal agreement between us.