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About Our Prices
At Levi Solicitors, we are proud to be transparent about our employment fees, for both business and individuals. We will always give you clear costs advice, and keep you updated on our costs and disbursements throughout.
Where applicable, VAT is charged at a rate of 20% unless specifically stated.
An administrative fee associated with the cost of storage of papers applies on each file at £40 + £8 vat = £48.
Our Employment Fees
Employment Tribunal Claims (unfair / wrongful dismissal)
The total costs of pursuing or defending an employment tribunal claim in relation to wrongful or unfair dismissal vary depending upon the length and complexity of case. For example, a case may involve only one witness or ten witnesses. Furthermore, the final hearing at the end of the case may only take one day or it may take three weeks.
The basis of our charges are calculated upon hourly rates. Our hourly rate for employment matters is currently £290 exclusive of VAT.
Clients should note that they may have other funding options available such as cover under an insurance policy, trade union membership or under a Damages Based Agreement. This can be discussed at a first meeting.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple case: £10,000-£15,000 (plus VAT)
Medium complexity case: £15,000-£20,000 (plus VAT)
High complexity case: £20,000-£40,000 (plus VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
The number of claimants and respondents
The number of witnesses
The volume of documents
Whether applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim need to be made or defended
Defending claims that are brought by people with no legal representation (litigants in person)
Making or responding to applications for witness orders
Making or responding to a costs application
Applying for medical records or a medical report
Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant was an employee or is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
Preparation of a complex schedule of loss (which details all claimed losses)
If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim
Claims relating to shareholdings or company directorships
Insolvency, TUPE or collective consultation-related claims
Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £900 to £1,500 per day inclusive of VAT (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
- 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 claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- 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 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
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
How long will my matter take?
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 2-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take around 52 weeks, depending on how quickly the Employment Tribunal takes to list the case. 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.
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