Employment Tribunal Pricing for Employees

Employment Tribunal Pricing for Employees

Affordable fixed fees for employees

Here at Watkins Solicitors, our aim is to provide affordable, clear and honest legal advice to individuals who are facing ongoing disputes with their employers or who feel they have been unfairly dismissed or discriminated against. We recognise that this can be a very stressful time so why not let us ease some of that stress by offering you practical advice, guidance and ongoing support at affordable prices.

Why us? 

Our expert team have years of experience and regularly advise employees on all aspects of Employment Tribunal claims. This includes pay disputes, unfair dismissal, discrimination, and an employee’s rights in respect of a redundancy situation or a TUPE transfer. As an employee, it is important to be clear about your legal rights at work and to be aware of the responsibilities of your employer.  If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, for example, getting the right legal advice as quickly as possible is crucial.  There are strict time limits that need to be complied with so If you do want to bring a claim, or even try to negotiate a settlement in the first instance, you need to act fast. 

We will explore all of the available options with you and help you determine the best course of action that fits your personal circumstances and priorities. We can advise you on your likely prospects of succeeding with a claim and progress this for you. We can even help you with initial negotiations to avoid the Tribunal process altogether. Ultimately, we will be guided by your preferred outcome and devise the best strategies to help you achieve this wherever possible. We will also give you the information you need so that you can make informed decisions at each stage of the process, advising you on potential compensation and ensuring that your expectations are managed from the outset. We pride ourselves on giving frank and honest legal advice. 

To help you manage your legal costs, we will advise you of all likely costs at the outset.  In the event any additional costs become necessary at a later stage, we will inform you of this in advance so you can consider how you would like to move forward.  This way, you can be confident that we are handling matters in a cost-effective and efficient way. 

If you do decide to make an Employment Tribunal claim, we can offer strong experience in handling a wide range of claims, up to the point of appeal (if appropriate).  Our team can provide robust arguments, skilled judgment and the strategic thinking required to prepare a robust case.  Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at the Tribunal, we are here to offer you support throughout that process and help you achieve your desired outcome. 

We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.  Here at Watkins Solicitors, we pride ourselves on client care and always go the extra mile. 

Our fixed fees

We offer fixed fee packages in respect of all types of Employment Tribunal claims. Following our free initial consultation, we will advise you of the most suitable fixed fee packages available to you. We will also advise you of any other funding options that may be available to you, such as household insurance cover. 

The fixed fee most appropriate to your claim will be dependent upon how complex it is. Details of our fixed fees are set out below: 

Non-complex claims

For non-complex claims such as Unfair Dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages, breach of contract and redundancy payments (please note this does not include discrimination claims), we provide the following fixed fee packages:

 

Package

Work included

Fee

VAT

Total Fee

Package A

  • Review of all documents
  • Legal Assessment on likely prospects of succeeding
  • Schedule of Loss setting out possible compensation to be claimed
  • Initial contact with ACAS to commence the Early Conciliation and relay the legal position

£565.00

£113.00

£678.00

Package B

  • Review and consideration of all documents
  • Preparing and drafting ET1 Claim Form and Particulars of Claim to lodge with a Tribunal
  • Review of your employer/form employer’s Response to the Claim
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage

£565.00

£113.00

£678.00

Package C

  • Drafting of List of Documents for disclosure
  • Consideration and Agreement of Bundle for Hearing
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications
  • Assistance with skeleton witness statement drafting

£565.00

£113.00

£678.00

Package D

  • Further advice and assistance on finalising witness statement
  • Formal Exchange of witness statements with employer
  • Review of employer’s witness statements
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications at this stage
  • Preparation of Chronology if ordered
  • Preparation of Brief to external Counsel if required

£565.00

£113.00

£678.00

Package E

  • Preparation of Case Management Agenda for Preliminary Hearing 
  • Conducting of telephone Case Management Preliminary Hearing up to 2 hours only

£265.00

£53.00

£318.00

Package F

  • Representation at full Hearing including preparation (to include one-day hearing or first day of a lengthier hearing)

£1000.00

£200.00

£1200.00

 

  • Refresher fee for representation at each additional day of hearing

£575.00

£115.00

£690.00

Complex claims

For more complex claims such as discrimination, (including pregnancy and maternity), whistleblowing, equal pay and breach of TUPE Regulations claims, our work at each stage will be charged for at a slightly higher rate. This is simply because more time will need to be spent reviewing case law, drafting lengthier and more complex legal documents, providing more detailed correspondence and devising more complex legal arguments. These types of claims are also likely to involve preliminary disputes that need to be dealt with in the first instance. Please note that in the event a preliminary hearing is required to determine jurisdictional issues and which is not for the purposes of case management only, additional charges will be incurred and we will ensure that these are discussed with you as soon as possible prior to undertaking any further work on your behalf. 

Our fees for more complex Employment Tribunal claims are set out below:

Package

Work included

Fee

VAT

Total Fee

Package A

  • Review of all documents
  • Legal Assessment on likely prospects of succeeding
  • Schedule of Loss setting out possible compensation to be claimed
  • Initial contact with ACAS to commence the Early Conciliation and relay the legal position

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package B

  • Review and consideration of all documents
  • Preparing and drafting ET1 Claim Form and Particulars of Claim to lodge with a Tribunal
  • Review of your employer/form employer’s Response to the Claim
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package C

  • Drafting of List of Documents for disclosure
  • Consideration and Agreement of Bundle for Hearing
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications
  • Assistance with skeleton witness statement drafting

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package D

  • Further advice and assistance on finalising witness statement
  • Formal Exchange of witness statements with employer
  • Review of employer’s witness statements
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications at this stage
  • Preparation of Chronology if ordered
  • Preparation of Brief to external Counsel if required

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package E

  • Preparation of Case Management Agenda for Preliminary Hearing 
  • Conducting of telephone Case Management Preliminary Hearing up to 2 hours only

£295.00

£59.00

£354.00

Package F

  • Representation at full Hearing including preparation (to include one-day hearing or first day of a lengthier hearing)

£1200.00

£240.00

£1440.00

 

  • Refresher fee for representation at each additional day of hearing

£675.00

£135.00

£810.00

Disbursements

Please be aware that disbursements are not included in the above fixed fees. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as expert medical fees or external Barrister fees for representation at the hearing. We will, of course, handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process but these are payable by you, in addition to our fixed fee packages. We will advise you if any disbursements will be necessary throughout the course of your claim. 

External Barrister’s fees will vary and be dependent upon the seniority of Counsel you wish to instruct, the complexity of your case and the length of your hearing. We are happy to obtain a range of quotes on your behalf with trusted Chambers. 

Exclusions and factors which may make a case more complex or occur additional cost outside of the fixed fee packages

On occasion, we may seek to agree that any other work (or additional work in respect of the above fixed fee packages) is charged for at an hourly rate and based on work actually completed. We would of course advice you of this in advance if we consider this necessary. 

In the event that the issues in your case become more complex at a later stage, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and provide you with a clear estimate of any additional costs to be incurred going forward. Factors that may lead to an increase in cost 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

Time scales

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 you pursue a claim in the Employment Tribunal from start to finish, this is likely to take around 6 months to complete. Whilst we aim to deal with your claim as swiftly as possible, the time this takes will be highly dependent upon the complexity of your case, the length of the hearing, the availability of the Tribunal centre (i.e. when they are able to list your hearing), any orders made by the Tribunal and the parties’ compliance with those orders. 

It may, however, be possible to resolve your claim much earlier if a settlement can be agreed by both parties or to avoid proceedings altogether. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-8 weeks to fully resolve. 

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 we will continue to update you as the matter progresses.

If you have any questions about our legal costs and/or our fixed fee packages that might be available to you (or what they include), please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

For a free telephone consultation to discuss your options, please telephone 0117 939 0350 and ask to speak to Kirsty Hunt.