On average, our estimated costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are likely to be:
- Simple case: £12,500 (plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022) and disbursements)
- Medium complexity case: £30,000 (plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022) and disbursements)
- High complexity case: £65,000 (plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 3 May 2022) and disbursements)
Factors that could make a case more complex and/or more expensive include:
- A long employment history
- 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 entitled to bring a claim
- The number of witnesses and documents
- Instructing an expert witness
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Reputational risk and damage
- Separate hearings for liability and remedy
- The number of parties
- Unreasonable conduct by an opposing party
- Making or opposing any appeal
We will instruct a barrister to represent you at the main Tribunal Hearing. We may also instruct a barrister to represent you at complex Preliminary Hearings. Barrister’s fees are estimated to be between £750 to £3,000 per day plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 1 May 2022) depending on the barrister’s experience, for each day of preparing for and attending at a main Tribunal Hearing.
We will work with clients to determine whether a solicitor and a barrister both need to be present at the main Tribunal Hearing (or at a Preliminary Hearing), how long they may be needed to attend for and the seniority of the solicitor and barrister attending.
Assuming a solicitor needs to attend a main Tribunal Hearing or a Preliminary Hearing, there will be an additional charge of, on average (and depending on the seniority of the person attending), £2,000 per day plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 1 May 2022).
There will also be an additional charge for our time spent travelling, which will be dependent on the location of the Tribunal.
Generally, we would allow 1-10 days for the main Tribunal Hearing depending on the complexity of your case.