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    Meet the Team

    Our Employment team have over 25 years collective experience in delivering outstanding service to our clients in all aspects of Employment Law matters, with particular expertise in settlement agreements, redundancy advice, disciplinary procedures and employment tribunal claims.

    We have two members of the team who may work on your matter, both with extensive knowledge and expertise in this area, both are supervised by Caroline Gray, Director and Head of Business Services.

    Please click on each person to view their profile.

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    Elaine Goodwin
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    David Morgan

    Our Approach to Pricing for Employment Tribunals

    The cost of pursuing a claim against your employer for unfair or wrongful dismissal can differ quite dramatically dependent on a number of factors, including:

    • the complexity of the claim you are making;
    • Whether your statements are challenged by your emplopyer and to what extent; and
    • whether or not a Tribunal hearing is needed.

    Associated costs or likely disbursements could include but are not limited to:

    • requirement to instruct a Barrister; and
    • instructing a medical expert to produce a report for the Tribunal.

    Example 1

    Simple case (say unlawful deduction of wages) costs can range from £450 to £4,500 dependent on whether the case requires Tribunal attendance.

    These costs are based on hourly rates that range from £150 – £225 per hour.

    We would typically:

    (i) Issue initial letters to the employer to persuade outstanding payment to be made. At this stage we would expect costs to be between £450 – £1,000 and typically involve 3 – 7 hours work.

    (ii) Alternatively we may have to issue a claim form on receipt of which the employer pays the outstanding unpaid wages. The claim form has been issued and the preparations carried out for a full hearing. These preparations include preparing a bundle of documents for the hearing and preparing and exchanging witness statements. The employer then agrees to settle the matter without going to a full hearing. This could mean that the employer pays the full amount claimed or a lesser amount as agreed at this stage we would expect costs to be between £1,000 – £3,000 and typically involve 6 – 20 hours work.

    (iii) However, if no settlement has been reached and it has been necessary to attend the full hearing at the Employment Tribunal on your behalf – ½ day hearing at this stage we would expect costs to be between £3,000 – £4,500 and typically involve 20 – 30 hours work.

    Example 2

    Medium complexity case (say unfair dismissal) costs can range from £1,000 to £8,000 (excluding Barrister’s fees) dependent on whether the case ends up requiring Tribunal attendance.

    These costs are based on hourly rates that range from £150 – £225 per hour.

    We would typically:

    (i) Review the bundle of documents and if relevant correspond with the employer to persuade them to settle prior to issuing proceedings. If the case settles at this stage we would expect costs to be between £1,000 – £2,000 and typically involve 6 – 10 hours work.

    (ii) Alternatively if no settlement is possible then Tribunal proceedings need to be issued. Once the claim form has been issued, we make preparations ready for a full hearing. This includes preparation of a bundle of documents for the hearing and exchanging witness statements. If the employer agrees to settle it will stop the matter going to a full hearing, and we would expect costs to be between £2,000 – £5,000 and typically involve 8 – 30 hours work.

    (iii) However, if no settlement has been reached and it has been necessary to attend the full hearing (lasting around 3 days) at the Employment Tribunal on your behalf, we would be looking at costs of around £5,000 – £8,000, typically involving 30 and 45 hours work.

    (iv) If we need to instruct a Barrister on your behalf, an example of additional Barrister’s fees could be in the region of £3,500 – £5,000 (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

    Example 3

    High complexity case (say unfair dismissal and disability discrimination) costs can range from £2,500 to £10,000 (excluding Barrister’s fees) dependent on whether the case ends up requiring Tribunal attendance.

    These costs are based on hourly rates that range from £150 – £225 per hour.

    We would typically:

    (i) Review the bundle of documents, to assess if discrimination claims are justified and what claims the Tribunal has jurisdiction over. It will be necessary to carry out in-depth research on the applicable law. If relevant we will correspond with the employer to persuade them to settle prior to issuing proceedings and at this stage we would expect costs to be between £2,500 – £3,500 and typically involve 12 – 20 hours work.

    (ii) Issue the claim form and start to prepare for a full hearing. These preparations include collating a bundle of documents for the hearing and exchanging witness statements. The employer may then agree to settle the matter without going to a full hearing. At this stage we would expect costs to be between £3,500 – £6,000 and typically involve 18 – 35 hours work.

    (iii) However, if no settlement has been reached and it has been necessary to attend the full hearing (lasting around 3 to 5 days) at the Employment Tribunal on your behalf, we would expect costs to be between £6,000 – £10,000 and typically involve 35 – 50 hours work.

    (iv) An example of additional Barrister’s fees could be in the region of £6,000 – £9,000 (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

    Please Note

    All costs outlined above are exclusive of VAT.

    Before pursuing a claim against your employer you should always check your household insurance to check whether you have legal expenses cover as part of your policy.  If you do, then you should contact your insurer as soon as possible as they may fund a proportion of your claim.

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