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Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employees
Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employees on Employment Tribunal claims, Settlement Agreements and all other aspects of employment disputes. Our clients range from directors and senior executives through to entry-level workers.
As an employee, you have certain rights that employers must respect. If you believe you are being bullied, victimised, discriminated against or otherwise unfairly treated, or that you have been unfairly dismissed, getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital. This will allow you to establish whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.
Our employment lawyers offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best possible outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.
Why choose Kingsfords for employment law?
Our expert team have many years of experience and have almost certainly dealt with similar situations to the one you may be facing. We will explore all options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities.
We know that value for money and overall costs really matter when pursuing an employment claim. We will therefore provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs as the matter progresses. This way, you can be confident we are handling matters for you in a cost effective and efficient way.
If you decide to make an employment tribunal claim, we can offer our substantial experience in handling Employment Tribunal proceedings and appeals. We ensure that our client’s claims are supported through robust argument, skilled judgment and lateral thinking needed to prepare your case in order to achieve the best outcome.
Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it through to tribunal, we will advise you on the best strategy for you and the likely level of fees involved.
We are proud to hold Lexcel Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves our firm undergoing a rigorous regular audit process to ensure we maintain the highest levels of client care.
Our fees for bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you.
We will also advise you of funding options which may be available to you, for example as an individual you may have insurance which can cover your legal fees or we may be able to enter into a Damages Based Agreement (DBA) or Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.
Factors that may influence this include the need for:
- Filling out and submitting a claim form outlining your case to the relevant Tribunal centre
- Reviewing your former employer’s response to the claim
- Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
- Reviewing any Orders made by the Court
- Making any further applications to a Tribunal on your behalf
- Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required
|Case category (see factors below)||Cost Range (inc VAT)|
|Simple case||£5,000 to £10,000|
|Medium complex case||£10,000 to £20,000|
|High complex case||£20,000 to £50,000|
|Attending tribunal hearing (per day)||£800 to £1,500|
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court or tribunal fees. Where we are placed in funds by you, we can handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees estimated between £750.00 to £2,500 plus VAT per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).
Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex
In the event that the issues become more complex, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in costs may include:
- If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (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
- If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal
- If there are delays or cancellations by the court or tribunal
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 2-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 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.
There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing your claim
- Reviewing and advising on the response from the other party/ies
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
- Preparing a bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
For more information please call us on 01233 624545