Employment tribunals for small business pricing and service information
We specialise in representing corporate clients with their employment law and HR matters. We are flexible on pricing and are happy to quote for all your requirements on an annual retainer basis and if required obtain insurance backing. Please contact Peter Bryne for more details of our Employment Protection Scheme.
Our pricing for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.
Simple case: £4,000-£6,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £6,000-£15,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £15,000-£25,000 (excluding 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 applicant's claim was lodged in time.
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim.
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
Employment Tribunals at Taylors are handled by Employment Partner Peter Bryne and are usual charged in an hourly rate basis. Peter's current hourly rate is £225 plus VAT unless the claim is for handling a discrimination claim in which event his hourly rate is £250 plus VAT.
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £2,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-7 days depending on the complexity of your case.
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.
On rare occasions when Counsel are instructed Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,500 to £3,500 per day (depending on seniority and experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
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
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- 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.
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 have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-30 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.
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