We will always discuss and costs at the outset and before undertaking any work for you.
The usual rule in Employment Tribunals is that the parties bear their own costs regardless of the outcome. However, in exceptional cases, costs can be claimed where cases are brought unreasonably or where the conduct of the claim is unreasonable.
Costs largely depend on the nature of the issues, the volume of the documentary evidence, the number of witnesses involved and the duration of the final hearing. As a consequence of this, it is impossible to provide any overall general estimate of costs. We will endeavor to provide you with an individual estimate when we are in a position to assess the full circumstances of your individual case.
In some cases, it may be possible to agree a fixed fee in relation to the work from start to end. However, if a settlement is likely to be reached, this may not always be in your best interests.
As a general indication, total charges (excluding disbursements) for acting on an unfair or wrongful dismissal case may be in the region of £20,000. However, this is only a very general indication as aforesaid. We do not charge VAT on our services.
Our charges include the following work:
- taking your full instructions;
- advising you on the merits of the case;
- preparing and filing the Claim and liaising with counsel as necessary;
- preparing for and attending a case management hearing (or agreeing the case management timetable) and briefing counsel for the hearing as appropriate;
- preparing and agreeing a list of issues if required;
- dealing with your disclosure obligations;
- reviewing the opponent’s disclosure;
- preparing witness evidence;
- instructing counsel for the hearing;
- preparing the case for the final hearing which will include preparing and agreeing trial bundles and liaising with counsel and witnesses; and
- attending the hearing.
Timescales are largely set by the Employment Tribunal. They will set a timetable and will fix the hearing dates subject to its own resources. There is usually at least a 9 to 12-month turnaround from the date an ET1 claim form is received to the date which the Employment Tribunal lists it for final hearing.
In most cases, we recommend that counsel is instructed to represent you at the final hearing and sometimes it is appropriate to retain counsel to advise on the merits and to settle the Grounds of Response. The level of the brief fees for counsel will depend upon their seniority and the duration of the hearing. Counsel’s fees would be a disbursement and would be in the region of £5,000 to £7,000 plus VAT (£6,000 to £8,400 inclusive of VAT for a one-day hearing). They will charge a refresher fee for each additional day and refresher fees normally range from £1,500 to £3,000 plus VAT (£1,800 to £3,600 inclusive of VAT).
All work by us is charged at Lisa Verro’s hourly charging rate being £217. We do not charge VAT on this. Lisa Verro has been qualified as a solicitor since April 2000.
Please contact us if you wish to discuss individual costs estimates for your case.