Employment Tribunal Pricing for Employers

Employment Tribunal Pricing for Employers

Affordable fixed fees for employers  

Here at Watkins Solicitors, our aim is to provide affordable, clear and frank legal advice to all types of employers. From small businesses dealing with ongoing workplace disputes, through to large companies facing Employment Tribunal claims against the business and possibly some of its employees. Whether an employee has blown the whistle, alleged discrimination via an internal grievance, perhaps is having too much time off sick and this is affecting your business or has been dismissed and now claims that their dismissal is unfair, we are here to help. 

We recognise that dealing with these workplace disputes and Employment Tribunal claims can be somewhat stressful and extremely time-consuming. Why not let us handle the situation on your behalf? At the very least, we can provide you with the information you need so that you can make informed decisions with peace of mind knowing that they are legally compliant and will not lead to any further complications.

Why us? 

Our expert team have years of experience and regularly advise employers of all sizes on a wide range of workplace disputes and Employment Tribunal claims. These range from pay disputes, disciplinary and grievances; appeals, unfair dismissals; discrimination claims and redundancy situations; or even a possible TUPE transfer. As an employer, we understand that your time is precious and disputes with employees can not only be costly and time-consuming but also impact the day-to-day running of your business.  With this in mind, we are able to offer affordable fixed fee packages to help you manage your time and any necessary legal costs.  

Our free initial 30-minute consultation will enable us to explore all the available options with you and help you to determine the best course of action to suit the needs of your business and your individual circumstances. We can advise you on the likely prospects of defending an Employment Tribunal claim and support you through each stage of litigation by devising appropriate strategies to make a robust defence, achieving the best possible outcome. This may involve negotiating a commercial settlement to ensure the hassle of dealing with an Employment Tribunal claim and having to attend Tribunal is avoided altogether.

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 advise you of this as soon as possible.  This way, you can be confident we are handling matters in a cost-effective and efficient way. 

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 business insurance cover. 

The fixed fee most appropriate for your business will be dependent upon the type of claim that has been made and how complex it is. Details of our fixed fees are set out below: 

Non-complex claims

For non-complex claims such as Unfair Dismissals, 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 to assist with your defence:

Package

Work included

Fee

VAT

Total Fee

Package A

  • Detailed discussion about the dispute and specific allegations
  • Review of any necessary documents
  • Legal Assessment on likely prospects of defending the claim
  • Advice on compensation awards
  • Initial contact/response to ACAS in respect of Early Conciliation 

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package B

  • Review and consideration of all of documents
  • Consideration of preliminary arguments such as time disputes
  • Preparing and drafting ET3 Form and Response to Claim to lodge with a Tribunal;
  • Any necessary applications to be made to the Tribunal
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage
  • Representation at preliminary telephone hearing (case management discussion only)

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package C

  • Drafting of List of Documents for disclosure
  • Consideration of employee’s documents upon exchange
  • Agreement and preparation of the Bundle for Hearing
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications/orders
  • Assistance with skeleton witness statement drafting 
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package D

  • Further advice and assistance on finalising witness statements
  • Formal Exchange of witness statements with employee/adviser
  • Review of employee’s witness statement 
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications at this stage
  • Preparation/consideration of Chronology if ordered 
  • Instruction of external Barrister and Preparation of Brief and papers
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage 

£665.00

£133.00

£798.00

Package E

  • 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 more 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, additional charges will be incurred. 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 defending more complex Employment Tribunal claims are set out below:

Package

Work included

Fee

VAT

Total Fee

Package A

  • Detailed discussion about the dispute and specific allegations
  • Review of any necessary documents
  • Legal Assessment on likely prospects of defending the claim
  • Advice on compensation awards
  • Initial contact/response to ACAS in respect of Early Conciliation 

£775.00

£155.00

£930.00

Package B

  • Review and consideration of all of documents
  • Consideration of preliminary arguments such as time disputes
  • Preparing and drafting ET3 Form and Response to Claim to lodge with a
  • Tribunal
  • Any necessary applications to be made to the Tribunal
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage
  • Representation at preliminary telephone hearing (case management discussion only)

£775.00

£155.00

£930.00

Package C

  • Drafting of List of Documents for disclosure
  • Consideration of employee’s documents upon exchange
  • Agreement and preparation of the Bundle for Hearing
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications/orders
  • Assistance with skeleton witness statement drafting 
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage

£775.00

£155.00

£930.00

Package D

  • Further advice and assistance on finalising witness statements
  • Formal Exchange of witness statements with employee/adviser
  • Review of employee’s witness statement 
  • Drafting/responding to any necessary Tribunal applications at this stage
  • Preparation/consideration of Chronology if ordered 
  • Instruction of external Barrister and Preparation of Brief and papers
  • Settlement discussions with ACAS if required at this stage 

£775.00

£155.00

£930.00

Package E

  • 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 advise you on what level of seniority may be best for your defence and 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 the 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:

  • Respondent to any application to amend the claim or to provide further information about the existing defence 
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues, for example, if you dispute that an employee is disabled 
  • The number of witnesses and documents involved in the case 
  • If there are numerous and lengthy allegations of discrimination linked to a dismissal

Time scales

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of the matter depends largely on the stage at which you choose to instruct us and the likelihood of settlement during the litigation process. If an Employment Tribunal claim is pursued fully, it is likely to take around 6 months to complete from start to finish. However, this will be dependent on a number of factors, such as the complexity of the claim(s) being made against you, 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 the claim against you 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, the case against you could be resolved within 4-8 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 about any allegations or an Employment Tribunal claim 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 and your business (or what they include), please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

For a free telephone consultation to discuss the legal position and the options available to you, please telephone 0117 939 0350 and ask to speak to Kirsty Hunt.