FOR THE EMPLOYER

Defending an Unfair Dismissal or Constructive Unfair Dismissal Claim

We are obliged by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to provide details of our fees in respect of defending this claim.

It is difficult to provide you with a precise indication as each case is different in its complexity. The amount of documents and the number of witnesses involved will not only affect the time required to prepare the claim for the hearing but, also the time it takes an Employment Tribunal to hear the claim.  An Employer is also generally directed to prepare the bundles for the hearing which, also increases an Employer’s costs.

A standalone ‘ordinary’ Unfair Dismissal Claim which does not include any other head of claim, may cost between £15,000 to £30,000 plus VAT including disbursements comprising of counsel’s fees and travel costs.

We charge on a time basis which is set in accordance with the seniority of the solicitor handling the matter.  Our current hourly rate is £250 plus VAT for a solicitor with over 17 years’ experience in handling employment matters.

Defending a Wrongful Dismissal Claim.

We are obliged by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to provide details of our fees in respect of bringing this claim.

Claimant rarely bring a stand-alone Wrongful Dismissal Claim in the Employment Tribunal because the compensation is capped at £25,000.  As such, the legal costs are likely to be disproportionate to the value of the claim. An employer’s costs are also likely to be higher as they are generally directed to prepare the hearing bundles.

If we were to defend  a standalone claim for Wrongful Dismissal which, does not involve any other head of claim, the costs are likely to be in the region of £10,000 to £20,000 plus VAT including disbursement comprising of counsel and travel costs.

We charge on a time basis which is set in accordance with the seniority of the solicitor handling the matter.  Our current hourly rate is £250 plus VAT for a solicitor with over 17 years’ experience in handling employment matters.