EMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

Employer: The provision of advice and representation to employers in relation to defending claims before the Employment Tribunal brought by an employee for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal.

Employee: The provision of advice and representation to employees in relation to the bringing of claims before the Employment Tribunal against an employer for unfair or wrongful dismissal

  • Our fees for employment matters are estimated on a case by case basis. It is extremely difficult to predict how many hours will be required to complete any work, without having any background or full details of a case.
  • If we were to consider a straight-forward unfair dismissal / wrongful dismissal matter which progresses through to (and includes) a final 1-day hearing, our fees are likely to be in the region of £10,000 to £30,000 plus VAT.
  • This estimate is just an estimate sliding scale price based on recent instructions; the actual cost to you will depend on a number of factors which we will discuss with you if you decide to instruct us.
  • The charge is based on hourly charging-rates of £140 to £260 per hour.
  • There may be other costs on top. These are fees and charges we will need to pay on your behalf as part of the process, such as counsel’s fees, expert witness fees. They are likely to be in the region of £5,000 to £20,000 plus VAT where relevant.
  • Counsel may assist at the following stages:-
    • Issuing / defending of proceedings;
    • Preparation and representation at the preliminary hearing;
    • Disclosure of documents;
    • Drafting and exchange of witness statements;
    • Representation at the final hearing; and
    • General day-to-day management of the case.
  • In most Employment Tribunals proceedings, each side will bear their own legal costs. Generally, the Tribunal would not order one of the parties to pay the other side’s legal costs unless it believed that it had behaved unreasonably. However, this is a limited circumstance and you will therefore remain liable for any outstanding costs and charges.
  • Our fee is set out on the assumption that there are no other claims (eg discrimination) that might increase the time involved, and thus, the cost. There may also be an increase in cost if the claimant is acting in person.
  • Our people involved in doing the work will include

Christian Abletshauser, Partner

Lucy Penfold, Senior Associate

Jodie Care, Trainee Solicitor

Ashley Burrow, Litigation Executive

Valerie Howes, Secretary / PA

Tracey Cole, Secretary / PA

  •  We understand the commercial urgency involved in dealing with employment matters. The work we will carry out will involve

Employer:

    • Taking instructions and ascertaining the position re: wrongful and unfair dismissal in your case [approx. 1-2 weeks]
    • Interviewing witnesses and preparing statements [approx. 1 – 2 weeks]
    • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where necessary [approx. 2-3 weeks thereafter]
    • Dealing with the application and preparing a defence [approx. within a month]
    • Liaison with your employee and others in an effort to resolve matters
    • Preparation of documents etc for the hearing
    • Representation at the hearing
  • Consequent attendance to ensure the decision is implemented

Employee:

    • Ascertaining the position re: wrongful and unfair dismissal in your case [approx. 1-2 weeks]
    • Reviewing and considering the paperwork [approx. 1-2 weeks]
    • Entering into pre-claim conciliation (where necessary) [approx. 2 – 3 weeks thereafter]
    • Dealing with the lodging of the application [approx. within a month]
    • Exploring and/or negotiating settlement [varies]
    • Preparing a schedule of loss [approx. 1 – 2 weeks]
    • Agreeing documentation with the other side
    • Attendance at final hearing, instructing counsel where necessary
    • Consequent attendance to ensure the decision is implemented
  • Obviously, our fees do not include any external costs and charges that may be incurred as part of the process (eg. damages, fines, penalties or other liabilities). You will also be responsible for these items.