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Employment Tribunal Claims for Unfair Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal.
Example pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
Simple case: £500-£3,500 (plus VAT)
Medium complexity case: £3,500 – £12,500 (plus VAT)
High complexity case: £12,500 – £50,000 (plus 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 number of documents
• If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if the dismissal after whistleblowing
• Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of up to £1,250 per day (plus VAT) where Rosine undertakes the advocacy. Generally, the duration of the hearing will be 1- 5 days depending on the complexity of your case. Barrister’s fees, should you wish us to instruct a barrister to represent you, are estimated to be between £1,000 and £5,000 (plus VAT) per day for attending a Tribunal Hearing depending on the experience of the advocate, this would include preparation.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees, barrister’s fees and there may also be travel and accommodation expenses. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
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, this is normally only required where there is also a discrimination or whistleblowing claim
• Collating documents, exchanging them with the other party and reviewing their documents, agreeing a hearing bundle of documents with them
• 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 if required
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 take our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
For straightforward claims it may be possible to agree a fixed fee.
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, the case is likely to take 16-52 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.
Existing Client Query
We want to give you the best possible legal service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.
If you would like to make a formal complaint, then please put it in writing. We will acknowledge receipt within 5 working days and we may ask you for further information so that we can investigate and respond fully. We will update you on the progress of your complaint at appropriate times. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case. We will write to you at the end of our investigation to tell you what we have done and what we propose to do to resolve your complaint. Where possible we will aim to do this within 28 days of the date of our letter of acknowledgement. If you are not satisfied with the outcome please let us know and we will attempt to address the reason for your dissatisfaction.
What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our advice or behaviour. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has a page on their website which explains when and how you can make a complaint.
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first.
If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint
No more than six years from the date of act/omission;
No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
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