Baileys Solicitors can advise you on all aspects of Employment Law from Unfair Dismissal to Bullying, Redundancy to Discrimination. Collectively, we understand you may be worried about your income, reputation, and future career prospects therefore it helps to have legal professionals by your side. We can support you through every step.
Although bringing an Employment Tribunal Claim or County Court Employment Claim can become an expensive and uncertain process; here at Baileys Solicitors we offer a satisfactory compromise approach with sensitivity to ensure minimal Court or Employment Tribunal involvement. We follow the ethos; ‘There is no successful outcome in treating anyone unjustly’.
Wherever necessary we instruct highly experienced Barristers who advise and represent our clients at the Tribunal hearings with high standards which are reflected at the hearing.
Our underlying objective is to act in our Client's best interests in reaching a satisfactory settlement.
We also offer vastly experienced advice on Settlement Agreements and we can assist you with negotiating terms to be embodied into Settlement Agreements by going through all the terms set out in these carefully and comprehensively. We may be able to offer our services at a convenient place, such as the Client's residence at a mutually agreeable time. In many instances the fee for providing the advice is payable by the employer; however should we be required to enter into negotiations on your behalf with your employer we would agree to enter into an agreement whereby we will charge a percentage of any increase, which will leave the client not paying any additional fees unless there is an increase in the amount offered by the Employer as the Settlement Amount.
Typical Costs Estimate in Employment Litigation
Where instructed a flexible, proactive, and constructive approach is taken to ensure the needs of each individual Client are met. We will, from the outset, provide you with a cost estimate based on our competitive hourly charge rates, but these will continually be reviewed throughout the matter. You should note that the Counsel (Barrister) fees are charged as disbursements as additional costs.
It is difficult to provide you with an accurate costs estimate as this will vary depending on the complexity of the matter; however we would provide you with a typical costs estimate in the following cases:-
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Relatively simple case: £7,000 - £9,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £9,000 - £18,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £18,000 - £27,000 (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 claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
- The number of witnesses and documents.
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,800 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow £1,800 - £2,000 (excluding VAT) per day depending on the complexity of your case.
The costs involve us instructing Counsel at a level of seniority depending on the complexity of your matter. The Counsel fees are typically charging on an hourly rate and range from £250 - £300 (excluding VAT) and you could expect between £1,200 - £1,800 for Counsel to review paperwork and provide a written opinion, subject to complexity of the matter. On average the costs for Counsel attendance at a hearing range between £1,800 - £2,500 per day.
We would be able to provide you with a more accurate costs estimate once we have established the details of the case and taken your detailed instructions.
You should also note that most simple dismissal case hearings take 1-2 days, medium complexity case hearings take 3-5 days and high complexity case hearings take 6-10 days.
In addition to the above costs there may be other expenses which include expert fees or for a medical report.
Sometimes you may have Legal Expenses Insurance (often covered through Home Buildings Insurance Cover) that cover your legal fees, inevitably this will avoid or reduce the impact of legal costs. However, please note that insurers will also expect you to make good efforts to settle claims where this is a sensible approach and resultantly, they might withdraw funding if you do not comply with their guidance. Your insurer may try to encourage you to use their own panel of solicitors, but you are free to select your own Solicitor of your choice.