We will work with you to ensure that the pricing information is clear and suited to your needs. We will provide information on the costs both at the outset as any matter progresses.
Our partners, will discuss and agree with you a pricing arrangement that suits your needs. This could include:
To give you an idea of how we charge however, and to comply the SRA price transparency rules, we have set out below details of our typical hourly rates and fees for unfair and wrongful dismissal claims.
Our charges are made up of:
Our fees will either be agreed with you as a fixed sum at the start of your case or based on how much time it takes to deal with your case. Our standard hourly rates range from £200- 500 plus VAT depending on the experience of the Partner instructed.
To give a very general idea of how much our fees tend to be where an employee brings a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal the ranges tend to be:
For an employer defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal the ranges tend to be higher:
As can be seen from the above, the time spent on a case and our costs can vary significantly depending upon how complex a case is. A case is likely to be more complex (and so incur more time) if:
Similarly though, other employment law cases such as employee settlement agreements would be much simpler and cost much less (and may be paid by the employer). Call us one of our employment partners if you are not sure what sort of case yours is and we can guide you further.
You will need to pay for ‘disbursements’ in addition to our costs as described above. In an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim the most common disbursements are for barrister’s fees. A barrister is often used to deal with a Tribunal hearing if your case is not settled before this time (which can often occur). Barrister’s fees tend to be in the region of £750- 6,000 per day. Costs vary depending on the type of hearing and the skills and experience of the barrister. We will however guide you on this as and when external costs need to be incurred.
Other costs to consider
Normally you do not have to pay your opponent’s costs in an employment claim but we will guide you further if we feel that you are at risk of this at any stage.
Key stages of your claim
The examples of typical costs above cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of an unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal case:
The stages set out above are an indication only and if some of the stages are not required, the fee may be reduced. Some clients may wish to attempt to handle some parts of a very straight-forward matter themselves and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also reduce the cost if your case is one where we’re comfortable that this is a sensible approach to take.
How long will my case take?
The time it takes from your initial instructions to the end of your case depends largely on the stage at which it is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim discussions, your case is likely to take 3 - 4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 18 - 52 weeks. This is just an illustration and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information from you and as the case progresses.
Who will be dealing with my case?
Your case will be handled by a trusted member of our experienced team. Details of the experience and qualifications of our team are available on “Our Team” section of our website including the types of work normally undertaken.