Pricing

Service Costs

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

Simple case: £1495 – £2495 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £2495 – £3495 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £3495 -£4995 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

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

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 you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer

Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  We may also incur disbursements such as transport costs and accommodate if we are required to travel for a tribunal hearing centre.

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)

Entering into pre-claim conciliation via ACAS where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached

Preparing claim or response

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

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.

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.

How long will my matter take?

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 1 – 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take up to one year (due to the current heavy workload at most tribunal centres). 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.

Funding

At our first appointment with you, we will discuss the options available to you to pay for our services.  You may have a legal expense cover with your home or car insurance for example, which may include funding for such claims.

We will consider whether a conditional fee arrangement is appropriate to your case.   This is an arrangement where you only pay our fees if you are successful in your claim.  We will explore this option with you at our first appointment and if this is a possibility, we will spend up to 14 days assessing the viability of your case before agreeing to accept it based on a conditional fee arrangement.  If at that point, we are unable to offer a conditional fee arrangement, we will explore other ways that you may fund your claim.

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