Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees or our travel expenses.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,500.00 plus vat and £4,000 plus vat (including preparation) for a one day hearing day and thereafter at a daily rate of between £750.00 plus vat and £2,000.00 plus vat (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing.[FW12]

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all 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 a claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from the 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 on 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.
  • Attending in conference with Counsel
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

The stages set out above are an indication and if some stages are not required the fee will be reduced. You may also wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can be arranged to meet your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of the 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 8 to 12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 to 52 weeks although this depends on when cases are being listed by the Employment Tribunal hearing your claim. This is just an estimate and we will, of course, be able to give you are more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

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