We fully understand the importance of openness and price transparency when you are considering bringing or defending an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim.
We appreciate that this is just as important as providing pragmatic and succinct advice with excellent response times.
At Stone Rowe Brewer LLP (SRB) we will ensure that we undertake a detailed analysis of potential fees at the outset and provide regular estimates as the claim progresses.
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The information below is generic in nature and we are happy to discuss alternative funding models. We will also advise at your first appointment whether you may have other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy.
Our typical fees for bringing or defending an unfair or wrongful dismissal claims depend on the complexity of the matter and are set out in the table below.
|Type of claim
||£10,000 – £15,000 + VAT
||Employment Tribunal Hearing lasting 1 day or less
|Medium complexity claim
||£15,000 – £25,000 + VAT
||Employment Tribunal Hearing lasting 2 -3 days
||£25,000 – £35,000 + VAT
||Employment Tribunal Hearing lasting 3 days or more
Our fees are based by reference to the time incurred in dealing with a particular matter and the experience of the Lawyer who is acting on your behalf.
Details of our hourly rates are set out below:
||£295 – £350 plus VAT
||£230 to £270 plus VAT
||£200 plus VAT
|Trainee and paralegal
||£90 to £120 plus VAT
The titles we use at SRB and shown above may vary from company to company.
In common with all Legal Practices, disbursements are costs related to your matter payable to third parties such as Barrister’s fees.
We would usually handle the payment of such fees so as to ensure a smooth process although we will usually require payment of these fees in advance.
Barrister’s fees are estimated between £1,000 – £5,000 per day plus VAT depending on the experience of a Barrister including preparation.
If a very senior Barrister such as Queens Counsel is instructed, these fees could be significantly higher but we will always ensure that you are made aware of Barrister’s fees in advance of any hearing.
You may also need to budget for printing and photocopying costs (for bundle preparation) and any required travel to the final hearing. These costs would typically be in the region of £100.
The fees set out above reflect the work involved at the following key stages of a claim:
- Obtaining initial instructions
- Reviewing relevant paperwork and advising on the relevant merits and likely value of the claim which is likely to be revisited throughout the claims process and is subject to change
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether settlement can be reached
- Preparing a claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from another party
- Exploring and negotiating settlement throughout the claim’s process
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking, drafting and agreeing witness statements
- Preparing a bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Updating a schedule of loss
- Preparing /agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and /or cast list
- Drafting instructions to Counsel and liaising with Counsel
- Preparation and attendance at a final hearing
- Advising on any Tribunal Judgment
These stages above are an indication and if not every stage is required the fee will be reduced accordingly.
Claims that go to a final hearing are time-consuming and we will always offer realistic guidance to either party before embarking on this route.
If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation or at an early stage then the matter may be resolved within 4 – 8 weeks.
Alternatively, if litigation is necessary and settlement is not reached, then the time to resolve the matter will largely be dependent on the employment tribunal. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, this could take between 9 – 12 months and possibly even longer depending on the demands and resources of a particular Employment Tribunal.
These timescales are just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate indication once we have your instructions and as the matter progresses.
Possible additional time and costs
In addition to the fees and disbursements outlined, further time may be incurred with associated costs for some of the following reasons.
- Amending a claim or defence or providing further information about an existing claim
- Where the other party is unrepresented or the representative for the other side acts in a disruptive manner
- Protracted settlement negotiations and drafting any final settlement agreement
- Dealing with any preliminary issues or hearings, such as deciding if a claim has been issued in time
- Making or defending a costs application
- The number of documents and witness statements
- If it is an automatic unfair claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination or whistleblowing
- Dealing with any additional claims
- Any appeals of any decision
- Any short-notice postponement of a hearing
- Any conferences with counsel
- Liaising with any third parties such as legal expenses insurers and agreeing fee increases
SRB will always be open and transparent in advising of further costs.
Please be advised that this guidance is necessarily generic in nature and no two unfair/wrongful dismissal claims are the same. Your SRB team will be happy to be more specific after the initial consultation.