Meaby&Co – Employment Law Costs
Below is a breakdown of the costs involved in the provision of advice and representation to employers in relation to defending claims before the Employment Tribunal brought by an employee for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal.
The below is an example and is intended as a guide only and the actual costs of your claim can vary.
- Initial advice – ranges from a free consultation to up to £250 plus VAT depending on the complexity of the matter
- If the employer instructs us to defend an unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claim then the first stage would be to draft the Employment Tribunal response form and Grounds of Resistance. Typically this can take between two and four hours worth of work from £500 to £1000 plus VAT
- Attending a Preliminary Hearing is usually part of the process which can involve agreeing the list of issues, drafting an agenda and attending the hearing. Typically this can take up to 4 hours worth of time including the attendance at the hearing and up to £1,000 plus VAT plus additional travel time depending on the location of the Employment Tribunal.
- Disclosure involving the drafting of a list of documents and exchanging that documentation and reviewing the other side’s evidence. It depends on how complex the matter is but can typically take from two to four hours worth of time from £500 to £1000 plus VAT.
- One of the largest parts of the employment tribunal litigation process is the drafting and exchange of witness statements. Again the costs are dependent on the time involved and the complexity of the matter. Typically it can take up to 10 hours worth of time to exhaust this part of the process and so up to £2500 plus VAT.
- If the matter is sufficiently complex or time consuming then it is customary to instruct a barrister to undertake the advocacy at the full merits hearing at the employment tribunal. This will involve drafting the Instructions to Counsel, attending a conference with Counsel, and obtaining a cost estimate of Counsel’s fees. The costs will depend on a number of factors including the length of the hearing, the experience and charge out rate of Counsel, and the complexity of the matter. Typically for a relatively straight-forward three day hearing costs would be between £2000 to £5000 plus VAT
Mediation might be a possibility at any stage of the process and the costs will depend on the length of any mediation which could be for example for a whole day of 8 hours or £2000 plus VAT