The price you pay will largely depend on how complex the case is, and we can estimate this in our initial conversation with you. We can advise you on the type of claim you are facing, and the likelihood of its success. Issues that may add complexity tend to be:
- A large number of witnesses or documents
- Difficult challenges, such as determining whether an employee is disabled
- Defending a claim of ‘automatic unfair dismissal’ in situations that may look suspicious in the eyes of an Employment Tribunal - for example, if the employee is recently pregnant, or recently made a ‘whistleblowing’ allegation.
- Applications for legal costs from the employee or your organisation
- Allegations of discrimination linked to a dismissal
- Employees that choose to defend themselves.
An indication of our fees based on the complexity of cases is as follows.
Our fees (excluding VAT)
£5,000 to £7,000
Moderately complex cases
£7,000 to £12,500
Extremely complex cases
£12,500 to £20,000
If your case ultimately proceeds to an Employment Tribunal hearing, then bear in mind that we would usually instruct a barrister to represent you. Their fees will typically include a preparation fee, and a cost per day for representing you at the tribunal itself, with most tribunal hearings completed in under 3 days in respect of more straightforward unfair dismissal claims. The fees for the barrister will also depend on the complexity of the case and the experience of the barrister, but we suggest you budget £1,000 to £5,000 for preparation fees, and between £750 and £3,000 per day for tribunal representation. All prices exclude VAT.