- Representation before the Employment Tribunal – Employer and Employee
- Appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal
- Representation before the High Court upon injunctive matters
- Drafting of employment contracts and service contracts
- Drafting and advising upon compromise agreements
- Drafting and advising on staff handbooks and related policies
- HR support
Typical charges –
Claims by Employees.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal on behalf of an individual:
- Simple case: £2,500 – £3,500 (excluding VAT)
- Medium complexity case: £3,500 – £5,000 (excluding VAT)
- High complexity case: £5,000 – £8,000 (excluding VAT)
Defending claims on behalf of Employers.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal on behalf of an employer:
- Simple case: £3,500 – £5,000 (excluding VAT)
- Medium complexity case: £5,000 – £6,000 (excluding VAT)
- High complexity case: £6,000 – £10,000 (excluding VAT)
Relevant factors for claims (whether instructed by an individual or employer) –
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim;
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications to strike out some or all of the claims put forward on the basis of being out of time or for another applicable reason;
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person;
- Making or defending a cost application;
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed/conceded between the parties);
- The number of witnesses and documents;
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer;
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
There will be additional charges for attending a tribunal hearing of £1,500 per day (excluding VAT). It would be advisable to use Counsel (a barrister) in cases that are expected to run over one day.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Witness expenses and any Counsel’s fees for advice or attendance. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees are estimated at between £1,250 to £2,500 per day (excluding VAT), depending on experience.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of the claim:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change);
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing a claim or response;
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party;
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing on a bundle of documents;
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their consent with witnesses;
- Preparing bundle of documents;
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
- Agreeing on a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking 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 3-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-9 months. 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.
Paul Thomas has over 30 years experience in dealing with civil disputes including employment matters. He advises on employment issues and Directors responsibilities. He can be contacted at email@example.com and on 0151 231 6620.
Quinn Barrow Solicitors
4th January 2019