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* Costs information for Employment Tribunal claims

Costs Information for Employment Tribunal Claims for Unfair or Wrongful dismissal for businesses

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Transparency Rules require us to provide detailed information on our website of the costs of some of our services. For businesses, the services which we provide and which are covered by the Rules include Employment Tribunal claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal;

The information we provide is either the average cost or a range of costs of our fees, based on our hourly rates for our lawyers or other bases of charging, and any likely disbursements. Disbursements are costs that we incur with third parties such as HM Land Registry on your behalf and which we re-charge to you in our bill.

In addition, we provide information about the solicitors who will manage your matter, their qualifications and experience.

The information provided is based on our experience of the costs we charge for typical transactions or cases. Our actual charges may vary depending on the complexity of your matter and in cases where complications arise. We will always give you an individual cost estimate at the outset of your matter, taking into account the actual circumstances of your case. We will also update our estimate if any complications arise which may impact on our costs.

The cost of Employment Tribunal Claims for Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal

Our fees and the disbursements we will charge to you for a standard Unfair or Wrongful dismissal claim is set out below and covers the work and costs involved in defending such an action. In some cases, for example where the Claimant decides to settle the case before going to Tribunal the costs may be less. In some cases, where the basis of the claim is complex, the costs may be more, and we may need to instruct Counsel to advise and/or draft documents and represent you in Tribunal. In such cases you would have to pay Counsel’s fees in addition to our fees. The fees below deal solely with unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claims and do not relate to claims for complex constructive unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, victimisation, protected disclosures, transfer of undertakings (TUPE), unlawful deduction of wages, breach of the working time regulations and equal pay disputes.

Our fees and disbursements for this work are based on the number of hours we take to complete the work multiplied by the hourly rates for the fee earners undertaking the work.

  1. Taking your instructions, reviewing any relevant documents and advising you about the unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claim brought against your company: 3 – 4 hours at £265 per hour: £795 – £1,060 plus VAT;
  2. Putting together a detailed chronology of events: 2 – 3 hours at £265 per hour: £530 – £795 plus VAT;
  3. Speaking with ACAS during Early conciliation process: 1- 2 hours at £265 per hour: £265 – £530 plus VAT;
  4. Reviewing ET1 Claim form and Particulars of Claim: 3 – 4 hours at £265 per hour: £795 – £1,060 plus VAT;
  5. Drafting ET3 Response Form and Defence: 3 – 4 hours at £265 per hour: £795 – £1,060 plus VAT;
  6. General correspondence with the Claimant’s representatives: 5 – 6 hours at £265 per hour: £1,325 – £1,590 plus VAT;
  7. Drafting Counter Schedule of Loss if required: 1 – 2 hours at £265 per hour: £265 – £530 plus VAT;
  8. Reviewing case documents and drafting disclosure list: 3 – 4 hours at £265 per hour: £795 – £1,060 plus VAT
  9. Reviewing Claimant’s disclosure list and requesting documents: 1 – 2 hours at £265 per hour: £265 – £530 plus VAT;
  10. Amendments to draft lists of Issues and Agenda for Preliminary Hearing if required: 2 – 3 hours at £265 per hour: £530 – £795 plus VAT;
  11. Attendance at preliminary hearing at Tribunal if required 2 – 3 hours: at £265 per hour: £530 – 795 plus VAT;
  12. Agreeing Trial bundle index: 1 hour at £265 per hour: £265 plus VAT;
  13. Putting together Trial Bundle: 4- 5 hours at £265 per hour: £1,060 – £1,325 plus VAT;
  14. Drafting witness statements: 4 – 5 hours at £265 per hour: £1,060 – £1,325 plus VAT;
  15. Preparation for Tribunal Hearing : 5 – 6 hours at £265 per hour: £1,325 – £1,590 plus VAT;
  16. Attendance at Tribunal Hearing: 5 – 6 hours at £265 per hour: £1,325 – £1,590 plus VAT

Total Solicitors’ Fees: £11,925 – £15,900 plus VAT

Employment Tribunal claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal normally take between 6 to 12 months to conclude but this depends on the complexity of the claim and the number of days the Tribunal will need to allocate to hear the claim. Employment Tribunals by their very nature are extremely busy places and so there can be delays with the time it takes to process a claim and provide directions as well as obtain a date to hear the claim in Tribunal.

The fee earner who works on these matters is Charles Avens, a Senior Associate at Druces LLP. Charles is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales, with 9 years post qualification experience. Charles is an experienced employment and immigration lawyer. Charles’ hourly rate is £275 per hour.

Trainees: Where appropriate some of the work required to be carried out on your case may be undertaken by a trainee solicitor, whose charge out rate is £140- £160 per hour, subject to the supervision of a more experienced lawyer.

If you have any questions regarding this cost information please contact Charles Avens.

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