Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employees on Employment Tribunal claims, Settlement Agreements and all other aspects of employment disputes. Our clients include everyone from directors and senior executives through to entry-level workers.
If you believe you have been unfairly or wrongfully dismissed, we have an expert team with years of experience to advise you. We will explore all of the options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities. Our team will provide the robust arguments, skilled judgment and lateral thinking needed to prepare your case and achieve the best available outcome. We also aim to be completely transparent about our pricing.
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.
Our approach to fees for bringing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal are set out below. The figures are indicative only and we will provide you with a fee estimate applicable to the circumstances of your case (which could be less or more than specified, dependent on your case, our level of involvement and your objectives).
We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example as an individual you may have insurance which can cover your legal fees.
There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.
Factors that may influence this include the need for:
- Filling out and submitting a claim form outlining your case to the relevant Tribunal centre.
- Reviewing your former employer’s response to the claim.
- Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim.
- Reviewing any Orders made by the Court.
- Making any further applications to a Tribunal on your behalf.
- Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required.
- Representing you at a final hearing.
(See below for factors affecting complexity)
Medium Complexity Case
High Complexity Case
Fee Range *
£5,000 - £10,000
£10,000 - £25,000
£25,000 - £45,000
Charge for attending a final hearing
1 - 2 days (based on £1,000 - £1,500 per day)
£1,000 - £3,000
2 - 4 days (based on £1,500 - £2,000 per day)
£3,000 - £8,000
3 - 5 days (based on £2,000 - £2,500 per day)
£6,000 - £12,500
£1,200 - £2,600
£2,600 - £6,600
£6,200 - £11,500
£7,200 - £15,600
£15,600 - £39,600
£37,200 - £69,000
* Based on hourly rates (excluding VAT):
Partner £265, Associate £200 - £250, Solicitor £170 - £190, Trainee Solicitor/Paralegal £110.
In addition to our fees, we would usually engage a barrister to represent you at a final hearing due to their expertise in advocacy. As barristers are independent of our business these estimates are guides only.
Medium Complexity Case
High Complexity Case
Brief fee (preparation fee) and first day of hearing.
£1,500 - £3,000
£3,000 - £5,000
£5,000 - £15,000
Each subsequent day of the hearing
£750 - £1,200
£1,200 - £2,000
(2 - 3 days)
£2,000 - £3,000
(2 - 4 days)
£450 - £840
£840 - £1,400
£1,400 - £3,600
£2,700 - £5,040
£5,040 - £8,400
£8,400 - £21,600
The fees quoted above do not include cases involving allegations outside of unfair or wrongful dismissal such as discrimination, which tend to increase the fees estimated.
Factors Affecting Complexity
The cost of your case is affected by the complexity of it. When we assess whether your case is simple or of medium or high complexity, the factors below are taken into account:
- The extent of the history of your case and whether there has been a continuing course of conduct.
- The nature of any allegation against you (for example, a one off gross misconduct incident or something more complex such as fraud or a history of poor performance).
- If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim.
- Making or defending a costs application, strikeout or deposit order.
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (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.
- If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal.
- Applications for specific documents.
In the event that the issues become more complex than anticipated, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-9 months.
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.
There are key milestones, which may vary according to your individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- 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 is subject to change).
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
- Preparing your claim.
- Reviewing and advising on the response from the other party.
- Exploring 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 a final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
The milestones above are an indication of typical stages of a claim. If some of these milestones are not required, the fee may be reduced.
If you have any immediate questions on this topic please do not hesitate to contact us using the enquiry page at https://www.geppsolicitors.co.uk/site/for-you/employment-law-for-employees/ or call us on 01245 493939.