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Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employers
Thank you for looking at our Employment Law services. We regularly advise and assist employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries, in dealing with employment tribunal claims, early conciliation and other options for resolving employment disputes.
As an employer, you have a legal duty to provide a working environment that complies with all relevant legislation, while still needing to be able to manage your workforce effectively. If an employee has raised a grievance or made a claim to an employment tribunal it is essential to have the right expert advice to protect your business and reputation.
Our expert employment lawyers can guide you through each step of the process of dealing with an employment dispute, while removing as much stress and uncertainty from the situation as possible. We can help you to secure the best available outcome for your business, while minimising any negative impact on your commercial interests.
We have an experienced team who can assist you with disputes at every level, from the initial issue being raised, to negotiating a settlement and through to Employment Tribunal Hearings and Appeals.
We appreciate that getting the right result is only one of the concerns when dealing with a dispute. Protecting your reputation and dealing with issues as efficiently as possible are often just as important.
Value for money and overall costs are important factors for any business, so we will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. This will allow you to budget appropriately and to be confident that we are handling your case in a cost-effective manner.
We will provide an honest assessment of the situation and commercially-focused advice to make sure you are pursuing the best strategy for your business.
We are proud to hold Lexcel Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.
Fixed Fees – Prior to a Tribunal Claim Being Made
Simply because you have a dispute with an employee does not necessarily mean that you would face a formal claim to the Employment Tribunal. Resolving a dispute without the need for a formal claim to be made can often be the most efficient and cost-effective outcome for your business.
We can offer fixed fees, as set out below, to assist you in attempting to resolve a dispute without a claim being made.
Taking initial instructions
Drafting a settlement agreement (where appropriate)
Negotiating terms of a settlement agreement
Engaging in ACAS early conciliation
Pricing – Defending A Tribunal Claim
The fees involved in defending claims of unfair and/or wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, however it is not always possible to provide a fixed fee in this regard.
We will advise of the funding options available to you, for example, using any legal expenses insurance which your business is covered by.
There are various factors we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fee estimate at the earliest opportunity.
Factors that may influence this may include the need for;
- Responding to a claim which has been made against you
- Reviewing documents
- Compliance with Orders made by the Tribunal
- Attending preliminary hearings
- Making applications to the Tribunal on your behalf or responding to applications made by the other side.
Type of Claim
Simple case (defined as one likely to be heard in less than 1 day)
£3,000 to £5,000
£600 to £1000
£3600 to £6000
Medium complex case (defined as likely to be heard over 1 to 3 days)
£5,000 to £10,000
£1000 to £2000
£6000 to £12,000
Highly complex case (defined as likely to be heard over more than 3 days)
£10,000 to £15,000
£2000 to £3000
£12,000 to £18,000
Solicitor attendance at Tribunal hearing per day
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Counsel’s fees. If Counsel is required to attend a final hearing then fee estimates will be obtained prior to fees being incurred. The level of Counsel’s fees will depend upon the complexity of the issues and the seniority of Counsel required.
There may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
·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
·The issues become more complex than first claimed
·If high levels of witness evidence are required
·If high levels of documents need to be reviewed
·If a claim involves allegations of harassment / bullying / victimisation / discrimination / whistle blowing
The time that it takes from your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends upon the stage at which the case is resolved.
If a settlement was reached via a settlement agreement then this could be achieved within 2 to 3 weeks of the dispute. If ACAS early conciliation was required then this process can take up to 4 weeks from the point that ACAS is contacted.
If it is necessary to defend a Tribunal claim then it may take 12 months or longer to reach a final hearing. This will largely depend upon the complexity of the case.
With every transaction there are key milestones; our fee will include these milestones and may be as follows:
- Taking your instructions
- Reviewing documents and advising you on the merits of the claim being brought against you
- Advising upon the potential value of a claim being brought against you
- Advising on a settlement agreement (where appropriate)
- Entering into ACAS early conciliation
- Drafting a response to a claim
- Negotiating settlement via ACAS
- Attending a preliminary hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other side
- Preparing witness evidence
- Preparing a bundle of documents for the Tribunal
- Agreeing a list of issues and/or chronology
- Preparation for and attendance at a final hearing, including drafting instructions to Counsel where appropriate.