We offer a wide range of advice and useful information on discrimination or unfair treatment encountered in the workplace, including areas such as age and sexual discrimination.
Although bringing an Employment Tribunal Claim or County Court Employment claim can become an expensive and uncertain affair here at Baileys Solicitors we would always strive to reach a satisfactory compromise for you with the most minimal Court or Employment Tribunal involvement. We follow the ethos ‘There is no successful outcome in treating anyone unjustly’.
Where necessary we instruct highly experienced Barristers who would advice and represent our clients at the Tribunal hearings with high standards of advocacy in the hearings.
Our central aim is to act in our client's best interests in reaching a satisfactory settlement.
We also offer vastly experienced advise on Settlement Agreements, and can assist you with going through all of the terms set out in these carefully and comprehensively and wherever appropriate we can assist you in negotiating terms stated in Settlement Agreements with your employers or their Solicitors. We may be able to offer our services at a convenient place, such as the client's residence at a mutually agreeable time. In many instances the fees for providing the advice is payable by the employer however should be be required to enter into negotiations with your employer we would agree to enter into an agreement which will charge a percentage of any increase, which will leave the client not paying any additional fees without an increase in the offer.
Typical Costs Estimate in Employment Litigation
We offer a flexible, proactive and constructive approach and will adapt to the needs of each individual Client. These matters will be dealt with by charging our competitive hourly charge out rates. We will from the outset provide you with a costs estimate and will continually review this throughout the matter. You should note that the Counsel fees are charged as disbursements as additional costs.
It is difficult to provide you with an accurate costs estimate as this will vary depending on the complexity of the matter, however we would provide you with a typical costs estimate in the following cases:-
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple case: £7,000 - £9,000(excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £9,000 - £18,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £18,000 - £27,000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
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 disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
The number of witnesses and documents
If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,800 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow £1,800 - £2,000 (excluding VAT) per day depending on the complexity of your case.
The costs involve us instructing Counsel at a level of seniority depending on the complexity of your matter. The Counsel fees are typically charging on an hourly rate and range from £250 - £300 (excluding VAT) and you could expect between £1,200 - £1,800 for Counsel to review paperwork and provide a written opinion, subject to complexity of the matter. On average the costs for Counsel attendance at a hearing range between £1,800 - £2,500 per day.
We would be able to provide you with a more accurate costs estimate once we have established the details of the case and taken your detailed instructions.
You should also note that most simple dismissal case hearings take 1-2 days, medium complexity case hearings take 3-5 days and high complexity case hearings take 6-10 days.
In addition to the above costs there may other expenses which may include expert fees or for a medical report.
Sometimes you may have legal expenses insurance that may cover your legal fees, because this will avoid or reduce the impact of legal costs. However, please note that insurers will also expect you to make good efforts to settle claims where this is sensible and might withdraw funding if you do not comply with their guidance. Your insurer may try to encourage you to use their panel of solicitors, but you are free to select your own.