Bringing or Defending a Claim for
Unfair or Wrongful Dismisal

We charge for dealing with an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim on an hourly basis, at the rates below. We require a payment on account if you decide to proceed, and we bill for work in progress at the end of each calendar month.

Name and PositionQualification Year AccreditationsHourly Rate
Peter Davies,
Solicitor & Director
1979Law Society Personal Injury accredited member£235 per hour plus VAT
Michael Brady,
Solicitor & Director
1979£225 per hour plus VAT
Julie Long,
Chartered Legal Executive
1996Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives£220 per hour plus VAT

Please refer to individual profile pages for details of qualifications and experience.

To bring or defend a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal, you should expect fees in the following range:

Simple case £7,000 to £12,000 plus VAT
Moderately complex case£10,000 - £20,000 plus VAT
Highly complex case£20,000 - £50,000 plus VAT

These estimates reflect the different number of witnesses and amount of documentation to be considered, and the likely duration of any final Tribunal hearing, depending on the complexity of the case.

If the case settles at an earlier stage and does not involve a final hearing, costs could be considerably less than the above estimates. We always aim to settle a claim at the earliest stage possible if this is in your best interests and you agree with the proposed course of action.

These are some factors that could make a case more complex:

  • if it is necessary to amend a claim or defence or to provide information about an existing claim
  • defending claims brought by litigants in person
  • complex preliminary issues such as whether the client is disabled or their employment status (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • the case involves dismissal following whistleblowing
  • allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal
  • if expert evidence is required
  • if the case involves personal injury
  • the final hearing is postponed or relisted
  • a further hearing has to take place to determine remedy
  • making or defending a costs application

Disbursements 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.

  • Counsel’s fees

We may need to instruct Counsel (a barrister) to represent you at a Tribunal hearing. To limit costs, we do not normally attend the hearing with Counsel unless you ask us to do so, in which case we charge you at our hourly rate, in addition to Counsel’s fees. 

Counsel’s fees for a preliminary hearing will depend on the length of the hearing and whether it takes place at the tribunal or by telephone.  You should expect this to cost in the region of £500 – £1,500 plus VAT. 

Counsel’s fees depend on the seniority of the barrister but are estimated to be between £2,000 – £5,000 plus VAT for a one-day hearing and thereafter £750 – £3,000 per day for each additional day at the Tribunal hearing. If a case settles once counsel has received the papers, the fee for the first day is still payable even if the hearing does not proceed.

  • Expert fees

It may be necessary to obtain expert evidence if your claim involves. personal injury or there is a dispute regarding disability.  The expert’s fee is likely to be in the range of £750 – £2,000. 

  • Mediation

If both parties agree to participate in private mediation (not via the services of ACAS), the cost of the private mediator is usually shared between the parties.  This cost is likely to be in the range of £1,000 – £1,500. 

Time Scales
The time it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your case depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case could take 6 to 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case could take 4 to 12 months. If your case is very complex and multiple hearings are required, the time scale could be 18 months to 2 years.

This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate time scale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Funding Options
We offer an initial consultation at a fixed fee of £175 plus VAT (£210) to provide you with an overview on the prospects of bringing or defending an employment claim and to discuss possible funding options. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only use our services in relation to some of the process in order to reduce your costs.

If you are bringing a claim, you may have an insurance policy (such as home insurance or car insurance) which covers the cost of a claim.  If you have such a policy and your case has sufficient merit (at least 50%), we can liaise with your insurer free of charge to establish whether the insurance company would like us to act for you under the terms of your insurance policy.  If the insurance company agree for us to act, we do not charge you any further costs in respect of your claim.

If your claim results in your being issued with a Settlement Agreement, the costs of our advice in relation to the Settlement Agreement are normally paid by your employer.

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