When comparing fees for employment disputes there will be a difference in pricing between a Solicitor firm offering a properly qualified solicitor to handle the work personally and an employment department where much of the work is done by unqualified or less experienced personnel subject to the overall nominal supervision of a qualified solicitor.
Here at Newstead & Walker only a qualified Solicitor will handle your case from start to finish and in most cases the same solicitor throughout the case for continuity. To check if the person dealing with your file on a daily basis is a qualified solicitor you can check the Law Society register – Law Society find a qualified Solicitor link
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Please ring us up for a quote. We do not leave that process to an interactive website or to our administrative staff – you will be put through to a qualified solicitor who will not only give you a detailed estimate of fees but will be able to talk you through the process and give you chance to weigh us up in the process!
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple case: £1000-3000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £3000-6000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £6000-10000 (excluding VAT)
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
There will be an additional cost of instructing a barrister to attend a Tribunal Hearing of £1200-2500 per day depending on the seniority and expertise needed. (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Work will be carried out either by an experienced solicitor, with the assistance of a trainee solicitor to see the current hourly charging rate for our employment solicitors – Please click here
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 estimated above and depend on the experience of the advocate for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). Sometimes we will also recommend that the barrister provides advice prior to a hearing.
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
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.
How long will my 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 2-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take up to 26 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.
We regularly advise employees on settlement agreements. Our fees range from £250-600 plus vat, depending on both the complexity of the agreement/ the size of the settlement amount and the nature of the dispute. Often employers will agree to pay these costs for you.