Unfair Dismissal Solicitors, London. International.
Before starting an unfair dismissal claim, it is imperative to know how valid your claim is in order to save you time and money.
Our lawyers at KaurMaxwell will be able to provide you with advice on how much your claim against your employer will be and whether you should try to obtain a settlement.
As we offer our services to both employers and employees, we are able to give you informed advice in how these matters usually pan out and what your available options are.
We generally consider costs on a case by case basis depending on the matter. Our costs are calculated on a time spent basis in 6-minute units at the hourly rate of the individual doing the work and we will keep a record of time spent on your matter by means of a daily time sheet.
We can offer fixed fees in stages, however we are also happy to agree a capped structure whereby we agree a level of costs which, when reached, we seek the client’s approval before incurring any further time. This helps both us and the client to manage the costs at a level which is palatable. Generally, our pricing for either bringing or defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal depend on the complexity of the case.
The hourly rates of our Team are:
- Partner – £350 – £550 plus VAT
- Senior Associate – £290 – £450 plus VAT
- Newly Qualified – £250 plus VAT
- Second Year Trainee – £200 plus VAT
- First Year Trainee – £180 plus VAT
- Paralegal – £165 plus VAT
Subject to the complexities of the case, we cost up the claim accordingly. However, to give you an example, the types of costs involved in a simple medium and high complexity case, we have set out the range of costs as follows:
- Simple case: £25,000 – £40,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
- Medium case: £40,000 – £90,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
- High complexity case: £90,000 – £250,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
Factors that could make a case more complex include:
- 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
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barristers (counsel’s fee), our fees as illustrated above do not include these third-party payments. The largest disbursement in most cases is barristers’ fees. Barristers are instructed to advise you in conference on either your claim or the claim against you. Barristers are usually instructed to draft Particulars of Claim and/or responses where it is appropriate to do so. Barristers also attend preliminary hearings as well as employment tribunal hearings. The fees of a barrister can vary depending on their level of seniority and experience. We will discuss with you, depending on the complexity of the case, what level of seniority we believe your claim requires.
The general categories for barristers are as follows:
- Senior Junior
- Queens Counsel (QC)
Counsel’s fees are estimated below:
- Simple case – £3,000 – £10,000 plus VAT
- Medium case – £10,000 – £40,000 plus VAT
- Highly complex case – £40,000 – £80,000 plus VAT
How long will my case take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on when you seek our services, the complexity of your case, the court diary/availability, the dates to avoid between parties and at what point either party considers accepting the offer. It can take anywhere between 6-18 months generally.