Our fees are based on the amount of time it takes us to complete your claim in the quickest possible time and the seniority and experience of the lawyers and other fee earners working on your matter. They will be specifically agreed with you at the outset of your matter once we know the details and circumstances involved.
Our current charge rates range from £300 for a newly/recently qualified solicitor to £570 for a senior partner/consultant.
Our fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:
|£25,000-£45,000 (plus VAT)|
|Medium complexity case
|£35,000-£65,000 (plus VAT)|
|High complexity case
|£60,000-£120,000 (plus VAT)|
Factors that could make a case more complex:
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,750 – £2,500 per day (plus VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-10 days that will be decided by the Tribunal depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Disbursements are not included in our fee ranges.
Any photocopying that is required will be charged at a commercial rate and would usually be no more than £50 plus VAT where relevant unless proceedings are issued in which case court bundles will need to be produced. The cost of these will vary depending on size. If court bundles are required we will notify you of the additional expense as soon as reasonably practicable.
Junior Counsel’s fees for preparing for the Tribunal Hearing are likely to be between £10,000 and £15,000 depending on the length and complexity of the case and after the first day they charge an additional daily rate depending on their experience. Counsel will also charge an hourly rate for advice leading up to the Hearing and their rates vary from £200 to £400 per hour depending on their experience.
Senior Counsel and Queens Counsel are likely to charge substantially more than Junior Counsel – possibly up to double or treble the fees set out above.
Occasionally, a case may require expert evidence or the appointment of an expert in order to provide evidence or an independent consultant to determine a grievance or disciplinary matter. Typically, an expert or consultant will charge between £1,500 and £2,000 depending on the level of their involvement and the complexity of the case. If the involvement of an expert or consultant is necessary we will notify you of the additional expense as soon as reasonably practicable.
You don’t have to pay any fees to make an Employment Tribunal claim. If you lose an employment tribunal claim, there’s a small chance you may have to pay or contribute towards your employee’s costs of going to court.
VAT is payable at 20% on all legal fees and taxable disbursements.
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 (a process where employer and employee try to reach an agreement before the case is heard in a tribunal) your case is likely to take 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 months to 1 year. 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.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee 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 on your individual needs.
You may review the experience and qualifications of our Employment Team here
Please note that Collyer Bristow provides this service during office hours for general information and enquiries only and that no legal or other professional advice will be provided over the WhatsApp platform. Please also note that if you choose to use this platform your personal data is likely to be processed outside the UK and EEA, including in the US. Appropriate legal or other professional opinion should be taken before taking or omitting to take any action in respect of any specific problem. Collyer Bristow LLP accepts no liability for any loss or damage which may arise from reliance on information provided. All information will be deleted immediately upon completion of a conversation.Close