The Costs guidelines for bringing and defending Employment claims whether through a Court or Tribunal vary according to the complexity of the employment case.
Complexity involves various factors including:
Costs Estimate – (more detailed information and a costs estimate can be provided at the initial appointment)
Simple Complexity Cases – £3,000 to £5,000 plus VAT
Medium Complexity Cases – £5,000 to £8,000 plus VAT
High Complexity Cases – £8,000 to £25,000 plus VAT
There will be an additional charge for attending a Court or Tribunal Hearing (if required in addition to Counsel) of £1,500 per day including VAT, not including a mileage charge of £0.45 pence per mile plus VAT for travelling to and from the Court or Tribunal Hearing Centre and Car Park fees.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as Court Fees or Medical Expert Fees, Car Park and Mileage as above.
Counsel’s or barristers’ Fees to represent you at a Court or Tribunal Hearing or advise in Conferences (meetings with clients) are estimated at between £1,000 to £3,000 plus VAT including preparation per day (depending on the experience of the Counsel/Barrister).
Work included in the cost estimates above
The stages set out below are an indication of the stages of an employment claim. If some of the stages below are not required, the degree of complexity of the claim will be less and therefore a lower overall cost will be charged compared to a claim where all the stages (and maybe more) are required.
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.
Potential stages of an employment claim;
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 and the complexity of your case. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6-10 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-39 weeks to resolve the question of liability and possibly another 26 weeks if a further remedy hearing is required. 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.