Our Fees - Employment Matters

Employment Matters

 

In employment cases it is always difficult to provide precise information so the guide below may be helpful. Of course remember if there are other claims being brought within the unfair/wrongful dismissal claim, such as discrimination this may impact on the costs estimate given below. Additionally, also you may have other funding options available when dealing with costs of a case, such as cover under an insurance policy called legal expenses cover. We will ask you to check this at your first appointment.

 

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

 

  • Simple case: £2,000 - £4,000 plus VAT @ 20%

  • Medium complexity case: £4,000 - £8,000 plus VAT @ 20%

  • High complexity case: £8,000 - £30,000 plus VAT @ 20%

 

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

  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person

  • Making or defending a costs application

  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by 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

 

Please bear in mind that there will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £600 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow between 3 - 5 days depending on the complexity of your case.

 

These costs are estimated on a hourly billings basis. For details of our hourly rate and charging method, Click Here

Disbursements

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. Currently there are no fees payable to the Tribunal on issue of a claim but this could change in future by way of changes in the law.

 

Counsel's fees estimated between £2,000 - £6,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

VAT if and when charged by the supplier/vendor/Counsel in respect of disbursement(s) is/are payable by the client.

 

Key Stages & Services Included

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a 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 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 a bundle of documents

  • Taking witness statements, drafting 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 and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

 

You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Our scope of service for the agreed fees are further clarified in our client care letter and terms of business. All work not specified or agreed in the client care letter is out of scope and will be billed at our standard hourly rate. For details of our hourly rate, please click here

 

How Long will your 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 6 - 12 weeks as a guide. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12 – 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.

 

Who will deal with your matter?

All probate matters are managed by Mr. Naushad Ramji. Mr. Ramji is a senior solicitor and director at the firm.  He self supervises his matter.

For details on his profile Click Here

*Fees are subject to change.