Employment Tribunal Pricing

Employment Tribunal Pricing

Our Employment Team collectively have surplus to 25 years of experience in delivering outstanding service to our clients. Specialising in all aspects of Employment Law, our team possess particular expertise in settlement agreements, redundancy advice, disciplinary procedures and employment tribunal claims.

We have two team members with extensive knowledge and expertise in Employment Law, who may work on your matter. Both are supervised by Caroline Gray, Director and Head of Business.

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 depending on a number of factors, including:

  • The complexity of the claim you are making;
  • Whether your statements are challenged by your employer and to what extent.
  • 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.

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    Example 1

    Simple case (say unlawful deduction of wages) costs can range from £450 to £4,500 depending 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 and £1,000, and typically involve 3 – 7 hours of work.

    (ii) Alternatively we may have to issue a claim form, on receipt of which the employer will pay 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 will then agree 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 and £3,000 and typically involve 6 – 20 hours of work.

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

    Example 2

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

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

    We would typically:

    (i) Review the bundle of documents and, if necessary, correspond with the employer to persuade them to settle prior to issuing proceedings. If the case settles at this stage then we would expect costs to be between £1,000 and £2,000 and typically involve 6 – 10 hours of 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. In this case we would expect costs to be between £2,000 and £5,000 and typically involve 8 – 30 hours of 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, which lasts around three days, then we would be looking at costs of around £5,000 – £8,000, typically involving 30 and 45 hours of 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) depending on whether the case ends up requiring Tribunal attendance.

    These costs are based on hourly rates that range from £150 to £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. At this stage we would expect costs to be between £2,500 and £3,500 and typically involve 12 – 20 hours of 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 and £6,000, and typically involve 18 – 35 hours of work.

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

    (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).

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