Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employers
Thank you for considering our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries in relation to all types of employment issues, including dealing with employment tribunal claims, early conciliation and other options for resolving employment disputes.
As an employer, you have a legal duty to provide a fair working environment that complies with all relevant legislation, while still needing to manage your workforce effectively. If an employee has raised an issue or made a claim to an employment tribunal, it is essential to have the right expert advice to protect your business and reputation.
Our expert employment lawyers can guide you through each step of the process of dealing with an employment dispute, removing as much stress and uncertainty from the situation as possible. We can help you secure the best available outcome for your business as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible while minimising any negative impact on your commercial interests.
Our expert team are employment law specialists and have years of experience handling both straightforward and highly complex employment disputes at every level, from internal disciplinary and grievance procedures, negotiation, and early conciliation through to Employment Tribunal hearings and Employment Appeal Tribunals proceedings.
We appreciate that getting the right result is only one of the concerns when dealing with an employment dispute – protecting your reputation and making sure the matter is dealt with efficiently are often just as important. We therefore tailor our approach to your priorities, making sure we resolve your matter in way that works for you and your business.
Value for money and overall costs are important factors for any business, so we will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. That way you can budget appropriately and be confident that we are handling your case cost-effectively.
Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal, we will provide an honest assessment of the situation and commercially-focused advice to make sure you are pursuing the best strategy for your business.
We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.
Our fees for defending claims brought against your business, including unfair and wrongful dismissal and discrimination claims are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you.
We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example, using any commercial legal expenses insurance your business is covered by.
There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.
Factors that may influence our fees:
- Complexity of issues
- Multiple factual or legal issues
- Substantial volume of documentation
- If it is necessary to make applications to obtain further information about a claim
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled or employment status
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If the claim involves allegations of discrimination
- Involvement of expert witnesses
- Making or defending a costs application
|Item||Cost/Range of Costs||VAT||Subtotal|
|Simple case||£7,000 – £12,000||20%||£8,400 – £14,400|
|Medium complexity case||£12,000 – £18,000||20%||£14,400 – £21,600|
|High complexity case||£18,000 – £25,000||20%||£21,600 – £30,000|
|Attending Tribunal hearing per day*||£1,000 – £2,500||20%||£1,200 – £3,000|
* based on our experience we typically allow 1 – 3 days for this, but need will be assessed at the time.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,000 to £3,000 for preparation and first day and then £1,000 to £3,000 + VAT per day (depending on seniority of counsel) for attending a Tribunal Hearing.
The time that it takes from your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved.
If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 – 52 weeks.
This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- Taking your initial instructions
- Reviewing the papers and advising you on the merits of the claim being brought against you and likely compensation an Employment Tribunal might award if the claim is successful (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim Acas conciliation where this is mandatory to consider whether a settlement can be reached
- Preparing your response to the claim
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Considering a schedule of loss and preparing a counter schedule (if appropriate)
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents for hearing purposes
- Taking witness statements, drafting written statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
- Preparing bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
Preparation for and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions