BRINGING OR DEFENDING A CLAIM FOR UNFAIR OR WRONGFUL DISMISSAL AT THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing papers and advising you on the merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and is subject to change);
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation with ACAS (where this is mandatory) to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing an Employment Tribunal Claim (ET1 form) or Response (ET3 form);
Reviewing and advising on an ET1 or ET3 from the other party;
- Exploring settlement and negotiating a settlement throughout the Tribunal process;
- Preparing or considering a Schedule of Loss (and/or a revised Schedule of Loss and/or a Counter Schedule of Loss);
- Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing;
Disclosing and Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a joint bundle of documents;
- Taking witnesses statements, drafting witness statements, amending witness statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
- Preparing an agreed bundle of documents ready for the Hearing;
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
- Agreeing a List of Issues, a Chronology and/or Cast List;
Preparation for the Final Hearing, advising on the Merits of the Claim and Instructing Counsel to attend at the Final Hearing.
HOW LONG WILL MY MATTER TAKE?
Tristram Moore Principal Solicitor Admitted: 1999 Hourly rate £300-325 plus VAT;
Jane Smith Consultant Solicitor – Employment Admitted: 2006 Hourly rate £300 plus VAT;
Scott Appleton Solicitor & Head of Digital Admitted: 2018 Hourly rate £250-275 plus VAT;
Mike Townley Consultant Solicitor Admitted: 1988 Hourly rate £300-325 plus VAT.
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COSTS ESTIMATE FOR MOORE LAW BRINGING OR DEFENDNG AN EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL CLAIM(up to a one day hearing):
There are a number of factors which can make a Tribunal claim more complex to bring or defend (as set out below); but our estimated fees for bringing or defending a claim for Wrongful or Unfair Dismissal are as follows:
SIMPLE CASES: £8,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT)
MEDIUM COMPLEXITY CASE: £10,000-£16,000 (excluding VAT)
HIGH COMPLEXITY CASE: £16,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)
In addition to these fees, you will incur Counsel’s fees for representing you at the full Hearing. We will obtain an actual estimate for Counsel to attend for you prior to the Hearing, but Counsel’s fees usually range from £1,500 to £3,000 per day (excluding VAT), depending on their experience and the complexity of the claim. A Hearing for Wrongful/Unfair Dismissal usually takes 1-2 days.
It is not usually necessary for your solicitor to attend at a Hearing as well as Counsel, but where a client has requested their solicitor to also attend to assist Counsel on the day, an additional charge of £1,500 to £2,500 per day (excluding VAT) will also be incurred.
FACTORS THAT CAN MAKE A CASE MORE COMPLEX
- The number of parties;
- Whether the other party(ies) are legally represented;
- Whether the claim is listed for a Pre-liminary Hearing (and whether that is to be held remotely or in person);
- The number of witnesses required for all parties;
- The volume and nature of relevant documentation required to be reviewed prior to preparing the Employment Tribunal application (ET1) or Response (ET3);
- The availability of witnesses in order to take Witness Statements (and whether this can happen remotely or has to be in person) and whether any supplemental Witness Statements are required;
- Whether all parties are forthcoming with the Disclosure stage of the process;
- The nature and volume of the documentation disclosed and what needs to be done to prepare an agreed Bundle;
- Whether any interim applications are made by any party (such as further and better particulars; specific disclosure etc);
- Whether whistleblowing is raised in the claim;
- If discrimination is raised in the claim (this can lead to additional steps being necessary such as discrimination questionnaires/detailed assessment as to disability if this is a factor etc.);
- Whether an application for Costs needs to be made or defended;
- Whether a Counter Schedule-of-Loss is required;
- How long the claim is listed for Hearing (Where the Hearing has over-run into another day; part-heard or postponed, additional costs will be incurred – which we will advise you of at that time).
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN OUR FEE:
(where other expert advice is necessary i.e. medical experts; pensions experts etc) (We would need to obtain an estimate of the expert’s fees before instructing them)
Driving - 45 pence per mile, plus parking fees;
Rail/Air/Bus travel – actual cost of journey tickets;