What will it cost?
The total cost will depend on the complexity of the case, which will be discussed at the outset, and a cost estimate provided. There is also an Electronic ID fee of £5.00 plus VAT per person if needed.
As we said in the section “What is involved”, the work done will depend upon the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses and the issues involved, and this will in turn affect the costs charged.
However, as a guide the typical range of costs for a simple claim that proceeds to a contested one-day final hearing is likely to start at £5,000 + VAT. The final costs are difficult to predict but please see table below.
In addition, there may be the costs of instructing a barrister to appear in the Tribunal/court.
We will, however, discuss with you the funding options available to you, for example, using any legal expenses insurance that you may have.
We offer an initial fixed fee consultation lasting up to an hour and a half for £200 + VAT with a Partner. Initial meetings held with an Associate or Solicitor will be charged on an hourly rate basis.
We charge for the work we do on an hourly rate basis. Those hourly rates are:
- Partner: £250 + VAT per hour
- Associate: £200 + VAT per hour
- Solicitor: £150 + VAT per hour
This reflects the level and experience of the solicitor instructed with higher costs for more senior and experienced solicitors.
Because the complexity of the matter is an issue, there is therefore no one fixed amount that a case will cost. Please bear in mind that the majority of this type of case settle without it being necessary for there to be a final hearing. However, to give you more of an idea, the following is a rough guide as to the likely costs:
For the purposes of this table:
- A simple case involves:
- Straightforward facts and issues
- Not much paperwork
- No preliminary hearings
- Only one witness on each side and only a short witness statement
- 1-day final hearing
- A medium case:
- Facts and issues more complex
- Preliminary hearing – either in person or by telephone
- Two or three witnesses on each side
- Final hearing 1-3 days
- A complex case
- High value claim
- Complex legal issues – for example automatic unfair dismissal, TUPE, Health and Safety issues, whistleblowing, discrimination.
- Large amount of paperwork
- Complex series of events
- Multiple witnesses
- Substantial witness statements
- One or more preliminary hearings
- Final hearing of over 3 days
As we said earlier, the costs will depend upon the complexity of the matter. Factors that could affect this include:
- Where your opponent is unrepresented.
- Applications to amend claims, or to provide further information about an existing claim need to be made or defended.
- There are complex preliminary issues to be determined before the final hearing.
- The number of witnesses and documents.
- Numerous heads of claim exist (e.g. unfair dismissal and discrimination; unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction from wages).
- The claims involve multiple allegations over a significant period of time.
- Multiple parties are involved.
- The claims involve allegations of automatic unfair dismissal such as whistleblowing, health and safety, pregnancy, transfers of businesses etc. which is likely to make the claim more complex.
- A costs application must be made or defended.
In addition, there may be disbursements to be paid on your behalf. These 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.
We will discharge the disbursements on your behalf but ask that these are paid when requested and in advance as they must be paid when they fall due. There are no fees currently payable to a Tribunal for issuing a claim or for attending a final hearing. Barrister's fees will depend on the level of experience, the length of the hearing, and the circumstances of the case. An estimate will be obtained on this basis. The barrister will charge for attendance at a Tribunal Hearing as well as preparation for the case.
Counsel's fees are estimated between £750 to £2,500 per day (excluding VAT) (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
I always listen carefully to my clients to appreciate the background issues before coming back to them with a way forward.