Our hourly rates for employment work range from £245 to £320 plus VAT (£294 to £384 in total) based on the level of qualification and experience.
We will provide you with a fee estimate or a fixed fee depending on the type of work to be undertaken. Your work will be allocated to the most cost effective team member with the appropriate experience.
Employment Tribunal Claims
Our charges for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal depend on the complexity and nature of the claim and the conduct of the Claimant and their representatives. In our experience the likely costs will be as follows:
- Simple case: £1,000 – £5,000 plus VAT (£1,200 – £6,000 in total)
- Medium complexity case: £5,000 – £10,000 plus VAT (£6,000 – £12,000 in total)
- High complexity case: £10,000 – £20,000 plus VAT (£12,000 – £24,000 in total)
Factors which could make claims more complex include:
- Where a lengthy and complex disciplinary process has been conducted
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. a whistle-blowing allegation
- If it is necessary to defend tribunal applications to amend claims
- The number of witnesses and documents
- Making a costs application
We offer fixed fees for a number of work types such as drafting Service Agreements, Contracts of Employments, Staff Handbooks and Privacy Notices. Please contact us for further information.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf.
We usually instruct Barristers to conduct an Employment Tribunal hearing. Barristers fees are between £1,200 to £2,000 plus VAT per day (£1,440 to £2,400 in total), (depending on experience) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
Key Stages – What will Raworths do for you?
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 which could be awarded (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached
- Preparing the response and filing this with the Employment Tribunal
- Considering a schedule of loss and preparing a counter 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 a bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues and a chronology
- Preparation for Final Hearing, including instructions to the Barrister
- Dealing with any issues outstanding after the Final Hearing
When we instruct a Barrister we do not normally attend the Employment Tribunal hearing.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends on the stage at which your case is resolved. For example:
- If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-6 weeks
- If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-12 months
This is just an estimate and we will give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
The Employment Unit is led by Sally Togher and the team comprises Deborah Boylan, Liz Pollock and Harjeet Nangla. Click here to view their individual profiles.