Our fees are based on the time we spend on your matter, and the time we spend on each matter varies. The more complex the matter then the more time we will need to spend on it.
Simple tribunal cases for unfair or wrongful dismissal will have limited preparation work and will conclude with a final hearing. That hearing can last between 1 to 5 days. You would be represented by a barrister at the final hearing.
As part of our fee we will
- Take your initial instructions, review the papers and advise you on the merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and may be subject to change).
- Enter into pre-claim conciliation, where this is mandatory, to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
- Prepare the claim form outlining your case and the nature of the dispute, or the response to the claim made against you.
- Review and advise you on the claim or response from the other party.
- Explore and negotiate the settlement throughout the process.
- Prepare or consider a schedule of loss.
- Prepare for (and attend) a Preliminary Hearing (the Preliminary Hearing helps the Employment Judge to comprehend what your case is all about, but it can be much more complicated than that. A Preliminary Hearing does not happen in every Tribunal claim. An Employment Tribunal Judge
- will decide whether a claim requires a Preliminary Hearing after reading the ET1 (claim form) and/or the ET3 (Defence/Response).
- Exchange documents with the other party and agree a bundle of documents.
- Take witness statements, draft statements and agree their content with the witnesses.
- Prepare the bundle of documents.
- Review and advise on the other party’s witness statements.
- Agree a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list.
- Prepare for and attend the Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This would reduce cost and can also be arranged according to your individual needs.
A full breakdown of the average costs for a unfair or wrongful dismissal claim can be found here.
How long will this 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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take between two and five weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 16 and 28 weeks. 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.
Who will be responsible for my case and how experienced are they?
The full details of all of our solicitors, including their experience and qualifications can be found on the our team page.