The majority of claims do not progress to a Final Hearing (in the Employment Tribunal) and are either settled or withdrawn beforehand. The following illustrations assume the work is carried out by a solicitor at our offices with an indicative hourly rate of £200 plus VAT
Simple case: £6,000 - £10,000 (excluding VAT)
Advising and representing you in the presentation of your claim and/or the defence in a straightforward employment tribunal claim involving a one-day hearing.
Medium complexity case: £10,000 - £15,000 (excluding VAT)
Advising and representing you in the presentation or defence of a moderately complex employment tribunal claim involving a two to three day hearing.
High complexity case: £15,000 - £25,000 (excluding VAT)
Advising and representing you in relation to a very complex employment tribunal claim involving a five to ten day hearing.
If your claim for unfair dismissal includes any other factors, for example discrimination or whistleblowing, the costs are likely to be affected and push the claim into the very complex range.
Fixed fees may be applicable on certain matters, for example raising Early Conciliation, assessing case merits, drafting a case management agenda, drafting policies, advising on short settlement agreements (which can typically range between £250-750 & VAT). In all cases the complexity of a matter and/or the volume of documents to be considered would increase time consideration which would increase applicable costs. VAT is chargeable on all fixed fees at 20%.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. 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.
The total cost of our service is dependent on, in addition to the facts of your case, a number of other factors that may render your case more complex or affect the fee estimates such as
The time that it takes from receiving initial instructions to a Final Hearing depends principally on the stage at which your claim is resolved. If, for example, a settlement is reached during Early Conciliation, the claim is likely to take four to six weeks.
If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, then its likely duration depends on the facts of the case, how complex the issues are and how long the hearing will last and/or when it can be listed by the Employment Tribunal. So Tribunal availability can impact on how long it may take to obtain a hearing. Any adjournments can cause delay. A simple unfair dismissal claim with a time estimate of a day could take around six to nine months to complete. In contrast, a complex unfair dismissal involving a three or more days hearing could take 15 months or longer to conclude.
BHP Law have in place financial arrangements with various introducers for most areas of work whereby we pay to the introducer a “referral fee”. The referral fee is included in the fees quoted to you (it is not an additional fee payable by you). If the work we carry out on your behalf is introduced to us by one of the referrers we have a financial arrangement with, you will be informed both by the introducer and also by ourselves when we send our terms of business to you after receiving your instructions to act for you. The referral fees for the arrangements we currently have in place with introducers are either a fixed amount ranging from £45 to £200 or a percentage of our costs which is 15%.
Disbursements are costs which are 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. Whilst Employment Tribunal fees were abolished in July 2017 it is likely they will be reintroduced in time.
Other costs that may be incurred on your behalf may include:
The VAT applicable on other costs is charge at 20%.
We are specialist employment lawyers and have fee earners, solicitors and associates with up to 19 years’ experience in employment law and who deal with Employment Tribunal claims in England and Wales. Your matter will be dealt with by Employment Law specialist Anthony Willis who has many years’ experience in this area.
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