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Claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Your matter will be dealt with by Paul Whitaker who is a solicitor and regulated sole practitioner (by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) with 35 years post qualification experience. His hourly charge rate is £150 per hour plus Vat.

Simple case: £5,000-£15,000 (plus VAT)

Medium complexity case: £8,000-£24,000 (plus VAT)

High complexity case: £12,000-£50,000 (plus 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 £1000 per day (plusVAT). Generally, we would allow 1-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Where possible and if the merits justify it we can offer a “no-win-no fee” or “no-win – reduced fee” arrangement (a Conditional Fee Agreement) or a contingency fee arrangement (a Damages Based Agreement).  We normally charge for carrying out the initial assessment of merits at our charge out rate of £150 per hour plus Vat and would estimate the costs for doing so before carrying out the work and agree that with you, but it would typically be between £600 and £1200 plus Vat.  If we offer a “no win-reduced fee” you would still be liable to pay the reduced fee if you lost. Typically the reduced fee would not be less than £90 and may be more depending on the facts of the case and the degree of risk.  We will discuss this and agree the reduced fee with you.  If we offer to act under a Damages Based Agreement (Contingency fee) you would have to pay us a percentage of the damages if you won, which we would advise you about and agree with you before entering into the Agreement but which cannot be more than 35% (including Vat) plus expenses incurred by us, for example an expert’s or barrister’s fee.

Disbursements
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 estimated between £1500 to £2500 per day plus Vat (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
Key stages
The fees set out above cover all 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 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 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.