Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employers
Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries on dealing with employment tribunal claims, early conciliation and other options for resolving employment disputes.
As an employer, you have a legal duty to provide a fair working environment that complies with all relevant legislation, while still needing to be able to manage your workforce effectively. If an employee has raised an issue or made a claim to an employment tribunal, it is essential to have the right expert advice to protect your business and reputation.
Our expert employment lawyers can guide you through each step of the process of dealing with an employment dispute, removing as much stress and uncertainty from the situation as possible. We can help you secure the best available outcome for your business as efficiently and cost effectively as possible while minimising any negative impact on your commercial interests.
Our expert team have years of experience handling both straightforward and highly complex employment disputes at every level, from negotiation and early conciliation through to Employment Tribunal hearings and Employment Appeal Tribunals proceedings.
We appreciate that getting the right result is only one of the concerns when dealing with an employment dispute – protecting your reputation and making sure the matter is dealt with efficiently are often just as important. We therefore tailor our approach to your priorities, making sure we resolve your matter in way that works for you and your business.
Value for money and overall costs are important factors for any business, so we will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. That way you can budget appropriately and be confident that we are handling your case cost-effectively.
Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal, we will provide an honest assessment of the situation and commercially-focused advice to make sure you are pursuing the best strategy for your business.
We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.
Pricing and Key Milestones
Our fees for defending claims brought against your business for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three stages, which we will be happy to discuss with you.
We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example, using any commercial legal expenses insurance your business is covered by.
There are various items that will determine where in the range of costs your case falls.
Factors that may influence this include the need for:
- Responding to a claim which has been made against you
- Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
- Responding to Orders made by the Tribunal
- Any applications to a Tribunal we need to make on your behalf
- Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required
All our costs are based on an hourly rate of £230 + VAT, and we have set out below the typical steps in a case and the range of costs of each of those steps.
- Upon receipt of instructions we will discuss with you the claim brought by your employee and advise you and if appropriate draft a response to the claim and file it with the Tribunal.
The cost for this stage is typically £460 - £690 plus VAT on the basis that an average of 2 – 3 hours of work is needed.
- Following filing of the response, we will deal with all directions of the Tribunal, including disclosure of documents and preparation and exchange of witness statements and all preparation steps in readiness for the hearing.
The costs for this stage are typically in the region of £2,300 plus VAT based on an average of 10 hours work.
- We will arrange representation at the Hearing, either by Paul Garner or Counsel
The typical Hearing costs are £2000 plus VAT per day, or part of a day, whether the hearing is dealt with by Paul Garner or by Counsel. Breach of contract claims are normally listed for one day. Unfair Dismissal claims are normally listed for two days. Discrimination claims are normally listed for two or more day.
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.
Counsel's fees are usually £2,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex
In the event that the issues become more complex, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- 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 the claim relates to an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if an employee claims they were dismissed after blowing the whistle on your business
- If the claim involves allegations of discrimination
- If you or your employee decide to appeal any decision of a Tribunal.
- If we need to travel to court to represent you, the costs of travelling would be charged at 45 pence per mile plus VAT.
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 4 – 8 weeks from instruction. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 – 18 months from instruction depending upon the Tribunal and the length of the listing.
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.