Our fees - Employment: unfair and wrongful dismissal

Under Rule 1 of the SRA Transparency Rules, we are required to publish information about prices and services in relation to acting in Employment Tribunal cases for unfair and wrongful dismissal. Please find this information below.

This price guidance does not deal with any either type of case, for example, discrimination cases.

We do not generally deal with cases claiming only wrongful dismissal. Therefore, this information deals with cases involving unfair dismissal which may or may not include a claim of wrongful dismissal.

We normally work on the basis of an hourly rate which varies by the person handling your case. The total cost of the service will vary from case to case so we cannot state a total cost in advance. However, the table below sets out a typical range of costs. Costs include VAT.
The ranges are not fixed fees and actual charges may be more or less than this. Where we work on a fixed fee, the fixed fee is typically 25% greater than the upper range figure.

The timescales below will also vary case by case and will also be significantly affected by how quickly you wish the work to be done, how you respond to requests from us for information, and how the other side deals with the matter. Usually some of the stages will overlap.

Our pricing and key stages for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

1.

Obtain instructions

1 week


2.

Prepare claim or response

2-4 weeks


3.

Prepare report on merits and strategy

1 week


4.

Review documents and collate a bundle for preliminary hearing if one is required

2 weeks


5.

Attending at preliminary hearing if required either ourselves or by using a barrister

4 weeks


6.

Obtain documents from you and from the other side. Exchange documents with the other side. Agree a bundle for the full merits hearing

6 weeks


7.

Take and agree witness statements on your behalf
Review witness statements from the other side

2-4 weeks


8.

Engage in general correspondence with Tribunal, other party to the case, ACAS, yourself and other relevant people or organisations

Throughout case


9.

Prepare for full merits hearing, or instruct barrister for the full merits hearing (if a barrister is required)

1-2 weeks


10.

Prepare for and attend pre-hearing conference with barrister for the full merits hearing (if a barrister is required)

Before hearing


11.

Attend hearing

Date set by tribunal three to six months from when claim filed


Estimated range to bring a claim:

£18,000 - £24,000

Estimated range to defend a claim:

£24,000 - £30,000


Factors that may put the costs at the higher end of the ranges include:

  • If the case takes longer to hear
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • More witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Where the loss claimed is significant
  • A new or complex issue of law
  • Where the other side deals with the case inefficiently

Disbursements related to the matter that will be payable:

Barrister’s fees (if required) for a one day full merits hearing £2,400 - £3,600 

Travel on standard fare public transport or mileage paid at normal HMRC rates

Typical timescales for the matter:

This can depend on many factors, in particular whether your case is resolved through reaching a settlement or whether it proceeds to a final hearing. Thus a claim may be dealt with in a matter of weeks through settlement, or potentially be listed for a full hearing six or more months after the claim is issued.

Details of our team who will be carrying out the work. Where they may also supervise another lawyer, supervisory experience is given:

Peter Woodhouse

Jean Boyle

Nick Watson

Surinder Dhillon

James Barratt

Sam Johnson

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