Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment Tribunal Fees

Harold G Walker Solicitors accept instructions from both employers and employees. Due to the variation in personal circumstances with Employment Tribunal fees, each case will be tailored to your specific requirements. Please contact a member of the Employment Team or call 01202 482202 to enable an estimate to be given. 

All clients receive a FREE initial 30 minute no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation.

The following pricing examples provided are based on an initial meeting, through to a full employment tribunal hearing. From bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal, the majority of tribunal cases are settled prior to a final hearing. This results in costs being lower than the ranges given, however, these costs are based on fees being paid privately.

There are funding options available which will be discussed with you, including:

• Fixed Fee quotes for preparation of work for a tribunal
• Legal Expenses Insurance
• A damages based contingency agreement

Based on the assumption the case proceeds normally, the actual fees are calculated on an hourly rate of £275 (plus VAT = £330) per hour. 

Initial Advice & Consultation

Harold G Walker will first need to obtain all relevant information and documents to consider and advise. This step is limited to reviewing the relevant information and providing a brief written summary of advice.  

The fees detailed below only apply for wrongful dismissal (where the claim does not exceed £25,000) and providing there is not any aspect of discrimination and/or unfair dismissal claims.

For providing this initial advice, the range of fees from Harold G Walker are as follows: 

Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal £500 – £1750 (plus VAT)
 Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal £750 – £2,500 (plus VAT)

 

Initial Stages for Drafting the Claim

When making a claim to the Employment Tribunal for wrongful or unfair dismissal by an employer, it may be appropriate to seek additional specialist advice from counsel, particularly in more complex cases. Counsel may be instructed to draft the claim document and will represent a Claimant at any hearing. The Counsel’s fee will be dependent on the claimant’s budget together with the preferred level of Counsels seniority and experience.

Counsel Fees for drafting the initial claim only and not advising on any aspect of the claim:

Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal £850 – £2500 (plus VAT)
Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal £1000 – £4,500 (plus VAT)

 

There may be occasions when Harold G Walker is able to draft these documents and these fees are as follows:

 

Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal £500 – £3,000 (plus VAT)
Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal £750 – £5,000 (plus VAT)

 

Additional Fees in Relation to Claim

When making a claim to the Employment Tribunal for wrongful or unfair dismissal by an employer, it may be appropriate to seek additional specialist advice from counsel, particularly in more complex cases. Counsel may be instructed to draft the claim document and will represent a Claimant at any hearing. The Counsel’s fee will be dependent on the claimant’s budget together with the preferred level of Counsels seniority and experience.

Counsel Fees for drafting the initial claim only and not advising on any aspect of the claim:

Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal £850 – £2500 (plus VAT)
Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal £1000 – £4,500 (plus VAT)

 

There may be occasions when Harold G Walker is able to draft these documents and these fees are as follows: 

Reviewing claim and drafting response £500 – £2,500 (plus VAT)
Drafting Remedy Statement £500 – £1,500 (plus VAT)
Advising on Disclosure of Evidence
and Reviewing Completed Disclosure
£750 – £2,500 (plus VAT)
Drafting and Reviewing Witness Statements £1000 – £5,000 (plus VAT)
Drafting a Schedule of Loss £500 – £1,500 (plus VAT)
Drafting a Statement of Issues £500 – £1000 (plus VAT)
Representation at One Day Final Hearing
(not including any preliminary hearing )
£1,750 – £5,000 (plus VAT)

 Any involvement of Counsel would be charged in addition to these fees.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter, payable directly to Third Parties i.e. Court or Counsel’s Fees. Harold G Walker will handle these payments directly on your behalf to ensure a smoother process and will require such disbursements to be paid in advance and on account before being incurred.

 

Core Stages

The fees detailed above cover all work relating to the following stages of a claim:

♦ Taking your initial instruction, reviewing papers, advising on merits, compensation (this will be ongoing and is subject to change), any settlement and the next steps

♦ Using ACAS (where mandatory)  and/or directly communicating with the parties concerned, enter into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a COT3 or settlement agreement can be reached

♦ The stages set out above are an indication of some of the stages required. You may wish to handle the case yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged based on your own individual needs

 

How Long Will the Process Take?

The time this process takes does vary and is subject to each individual matter. However, from taking your initial instruction to final resolution will depend mainly at which stage the case is resolved. Settlements made during a pre-claim conciliation or directly with the parties concerned, could be resolved in 1 – 6 weeks. Claims which proceed to a Final Hearing are likely to take between 26 and 52 weeks. 

These timescales are purely estimates and can be more accurately calculated as more information is gathered and the matter progresses. If complex matters are introduced, the time and costs of the matter will be effected. 

For further information please contact a member of the Employment team. 

Employment Tribunal fees and associated costs will be taken on completion of the instruction with Harold G Walker Solicitors.
Abortive costs will be taken for work carried out to date or upon completion of the outstanding matter.

Meet the Employment Team


Hugh Storry Deans

Litigation Solicitor
Head of Dispute Resolution

Qualified since 1981

 01202 482202

Broadstone
01202 692448

 

Christchurch
01202 482202

 

Verwood
01202 823308

 

Wimborne
01202 881454