Our fees for dealing with unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims are based on hourly rates. The hourly rates of the team who may deal with your matter range from £150 to £250 plus VAT (£180 to £300 with VAT). We anticipate that our fees for dealing with your matter will be in the following ranges, if we are instructed from and in relation to the beginning of Acas Early Conciliation up to and including to a final hearing:
Simple case: £3,000 to £8,000 plus VAT (£3,500 to £9,600 with VAT)
Medium complexity case: £8,000 to £15,000 plus VAT (£9,600 to £18,000 with VAT)
High complexity case: £15,000 to £50,000+ plus VAT (£18,000 to £60,000+ with VAT)
Factors that could make the matter more complex include:
Other types of employment claim will involve different charges. Please ask us for details.
Often, a barrister will be instructed to represent you at a final hearing rather than one of our solicitors. The cost of a barrister will depend upon their level of experience and expertise, and can range from approximately £500 plus VAT (£600 with VAT) per day for a very junior barrister and to over £2,000 plus VAT (over £2,400 with VAT) for a very senior barrister. The above indications of fees are inclusive of the cost of representation at a final hearing, whether that is by a barrister or one of our solicitors.
If a medical report is to be obtained in relation to the assessment of compensation, costs can be as low as around £100 plus VAT (£120 with VAT) for obtaining a short report from a GP to in the region of £1,000 to £2,500 plus VAT (£1,200 to £3,000 with VAT) for obtaining a medico-legal report from a consultant.
The following services and key stages are included within the above indicated fees:-
Early Conciliation: Once commenced, the Early Conciliation period can last for up to four weeks, unless there remains a prospect of settlement and the parties agree to an extension, which can extend the period to six weeks.
Proceedings: How long a matter will take to reach a final hearing will depend on factors such as whether a preliminary hearing is required, the likely duration of the final hearing and how busy the Tribunals are. Currently, it can take more than 11 months from the commencement of proceedings for a one day case to reach a hearing, and more than 14 months for a case requiring 10 days or more.
Find out more about the individuals who may be working on your case via the links below. Their profiles will include information as to their experience and qualifications.
Jennifer Gibson, associate solicitor
John Merry, partner and head of the employment department
Jennifer Monaghan, solicitor
Charlotte Morris, associate solicitor
Will Morse, partner
Rachael Matthews, trainee solicitor