Employment Pricing Structure

Range of legal costs for advice – excluding Disbursements
It is necessary to give a bracket for estimated costs because the level of work and therefore the level of costs will depend on whether each individual claim is relatively simple, of average complexity or highly complex and/or whether there are numerous documents and/or witnesses. Out of necessity we are therefore looking at indications and accurate figures will only become apparent as each claim unfolds.
Form ET1The Claim Form outlining your case and the nature of your dispute. This includes the Particulars of Claim which set out the factual detail of your claim and its legal basis £1,000 + VAT £200 to £5,000 + VAT £1,000.
Form ET3The Defence which sets out your response in detail when a claim has been made against you £1,000 + VAT £200 to £5,000 + VAT £1,000.
Case Management Hearings / DiscussionA hearing to enable the parties to discuss and manage the claim and the Tribunal to set a timetable for compliance with and orders or directions it makes £2,000 + VAT £400 to £5,000 + VAT £1,000.
Additional Steps including dealing with the disclosure of all relevant documents and the preparation and exchange of witness statements £2,000 + VAT £400 to £10,000 + VAT £2,000.
Preparation for the hearing including agreeing a bundle of documents, a list of issues, etc. £2,000 + VAT £400 to £5,000 + VAT £1,000.
Attending the hearing, including instructing a barrister to represent you, at a daily rate, including the barrister’s fee, of approximately £3,500 + VAT £700.
Basis for charges - hourly rate or fixed fees or combination of both
From £250 + VAT £50 to £400 + VAT £80 – PartnerN/A
From £235 + VAT £47 to £350 + VAT £70 – Senior AssociateN/A
From £195 + VAT £39 to £325 + VAT £65 – Associate SolicitorN/A
From £165 + VAT £33 to £300 + VAT £60 – SolicitorN/A
From £125 + VAT £25 to £200 + VAT £40 – Trainee solicitorN/A
From £115 + VAT £23 to £200 + VAT £40 – ParalegalN/A
Experience and qualifications of those carrying out the service
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Senior Associate
Trainee Solicitor

Key stages of the matter

Hourly rate: A Partner will deal with your matter assisted by a paralegal or trainee solicitors. The hourly rate for a Partner is from £250 + VAT £50 to £400 + VAT £80 and the hourly rate for trainee solicitor/ paralegal is from £115 + VAT £23 to £200 + VAT £40.

The fees set out above cover the following work:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on the merits of the claim and likely compensation (this will be reviewed as necessary throughout the matter and may be subject to change);
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing the claim or the response;
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or the response;
  • Any settlement negotiations;
  • Preparing or considering the schedule of loss;
  • Preparing for (and attending) the Preliminary Hearing;
  • Exchanging documents with the other party;
  • Preparing and exchanging witness statements;
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
  • Agreeing a bundle of documents, a list of issues and a chronology for use at the hearing;
  • Preparing for the Final Hearing, instructing a barrister to represent you and attending with the barrister at that Hearing.

Examples of factors that could make a case more complex and/or more costly are as follows:

  • If other claims are being brought in addition to the unfair/wrongful dismissal claim, such as for instance a discrimination claim;
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to the Tribunal in relation to any aspect of the claim;
  • Defending claims brought by ‘unrepresented’ individuals/litigants in person;
  • Making or defending a costs application and drafting the documents in relation to such an application;
  • Preliminary issues such as, for instance, whether the Employment Tribunal has jurisdiction to hear the claim, or whether the claimant is suffering a recognised disability, etc.
  • If a large number of witnesses are required to assist in making your claim or defending a  claim being made against you;
  • If a large number of documents are required for use in the claim.
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