This work is carried out by Chris Wiper who qualified as a solicitor in 1983 having joined the firm in 1972. Chris is currently a Consultant solicitor to the Firm.
We do not offer fixed fees for work involving Employment Tribunals as no two claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal brought or defended are the same. Charges are based on our hourly rate of £245 per hour with routine letters and telephone calls (less than 6 minutes) costing £24.50 plus VAT and letters or emails received at £10 each plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your claim is. Often with tribunal work, if appropriate, we shall agree a costs ceiling with you, of around £500 plus VAT plus Tribunal fees depending on how much involvement you require from us.
There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as Court fees. If Counsel is instructed to represent you at a Tribunal Hearing, you could expect to pay between £1,000 to £2,000 per day depending upon the experience of Counsel and the complexity of the claim you have brought or are defending.
The typical key stages of bringing or defending a claim are:-
- 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 consideration 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 the stages above are not required, the costs 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 to suit your individual needs.
As to timescale, this very much depends on how busy the Tribunals are, but from initial Application to a final Tribunal Hearing is usually in the region of between 6 to 12 months.