Should an employee (or recently dismissed employee) make a claim against your business, we shall advise you how best to respond. This will include an assessment of the merits of any claim and whether or not a case should proceed to trial. Our priority is to assist you, the employer, therefore a commercial analysis of the case and the overall outcome is paramount.
Our fees are calculated in accordance with the amount of time which is spent on your case and are charged at an hourly rate. Our rates are dependent on the years of legal experience and qualification and are set out as follows:
- Paralegal / Trainee Solicitor - £120.00 + VAT per hour
- Solicitor under 4 years PQE - £150.00 + VAT per hour
- Solicitor over 8 years PQE - £200.00 + VAT per hour
Once your defence has been lodged the Tribunal will make directions for the parties to comply with. These may include directions for disclosure, witness statements and expert evidence in order that the parties are fully prepared for trial. Once again, it can be difficult for us to estimate your costs up to and including trial given that each case will turn on its own facts and may have potential unforeseen complexities. However, we anticipate that after lodging your response to the ET1 your estimated legal fees up to and including trial may be £6,000 to £9,000 + VAT.
There are numerous factors which can lead to the increase or decrease in your overall costs and will largely depend on the factual complexity of the case, the issues in dispute and number of potential witnesses. The parties may also enter into without prejudice settlement negotiations which can be take the form of written correspondence, informal discussions, liaising with ACAS or the parties may agree to mediate. Should the matter settle we can assist you in drafting a Settlement Agreement.
Please note our costs estimate do not include disbursements such as Counsel’s fees or any expert evidence fees. Should the matter proceed to trial you may wish to instruct a barrister whose fees shall vary on the complexity of the case and the experience of the barrister. We offer advice to employers in all areas of employment law so please do not hesitate to contact our Dispute Resolution Team.