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Unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal employment tribunal claims

If you are an employer seeking to defend an unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claim at an Employment Tribunal, we can help.

Our fees are based on hourly rates. However, we also operate a number of alternative charging structures for some clients, including capped and fixed rates and menu pricing. We also offer preferential rates for larger clients who are able to offer volume work which would allow us to deliver efficiency savings based on economies of scale.

Illustrative range of fees

Download an illustrative range of fees for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal employment tribunal claims.

Likely timescales

The time that it takes from taking initial instructions to the final resolution of a matter depends largely on the stage at which the case is resolved. If, for example, a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case is likely to take three to eight weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, then its likely duration depends how complex the issues are and how long the hearing is estimated to last. For example, a simple wrongful dismissal claim with a time estimate of half a day is likely to take at least four months. In contrast, a complex unfair and wrongful constructive dismissal scheduled to be heard over three or more days could take 18 months or more.

This is illustrative only and we can give more accurate timescales when we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Funding options

You may have an insurance policy under which your insurer is liable to cover your legal costs in this matter. We can discuss this with you at the start of a matter.

Experience and qualifications of those carrying out the work

We have over 100 experienced Employment lawyers who deal with Employment Tribunal claims in Great Britain. Most are solicitors admitted to the roll in England and Wales and/or Scotland; some are barristers or legal executives. All are supported by paralegals, trainees and apprentices.

The wide range of qualifications and experience within our Employment team means we can ensure the right people do the right level of work for you. Our supervision policy ensures all legal advisors and the work that they carry out is appropriately supervised in accordance with the SRA Code of Conduct.

The experience and qualifications of those carrying out the work on any particular case will depend on matters such as the complexity and value of the case and whether any special knowledge is desirable or required. Such matters are discussed and agreed with you on a case-by-case basis.

You can find these lawyers on our people page by following this link.

Debt recovery up to the value of £100,000

We offer a service to corporate clients, utilities and financial institutions to recover unsecured debts through litigation and insolvency. We do not generally accept instructions from individuals or SMEs.

For unsecured and undisputed debt collection within the UK where the client has multiple debts, we will typically be able to offer a fixed fee service. Example fixed fees for the different stages of an unsecured and undisputed debt collection action of less than £100,000 are set out below. The actual fixed fees for your matter could be more or less than this, depending on the nature of the debt, volume of work and service level required. We will agree the fixed fees with you at the start of our engagement.

We do not generally accept one off instructions from clients for debt collection of less than £100,000. Where we do, we will generally charge hourly rates. Our standard hourly rates are set out below. However, we also offer preferential rates for larger clients who are able to offer volume work.

If the other party disputes the claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required. We usually charge this work based on hourly rates. However, we operate a number of alternative charging structures for some clients including fixed fees, damages based agreements and retainer models (where a fixed fee is paid each month). We also offer preferential rates for larger clients who are able to offer volume work which would allow us to deliver efficiency savings based on economies of scale.

For all work done on hourly rates we provide a fully scoped cost estimate of our fees and disbursements at the start of our engagement and keep you updated on costs. If the scope of work changes at all and means additional work/cost, we inform you of this and provide a revised cost estimate.

Example fixed fees

Download an example of fixed fees for debt recovery up to the value of £100,000.

Likely timescales

Matters usually take 12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of judgment in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Experience and qualifications of those carrying out the work

Our experienced Unsecured Debt Recovery team for debts under £100,000 is led by Steve Perry and is staffed by paralegals. Anthony Davies, is the partner with ultimately responsible for the unsecured debt recovery work that we undertake.

The wide range of qualifications and experience within our Debt Recovery team means we can ensure the right people do the right level of work. Our supervision policy ensures all legal advisors and the work that they carry out is appropriately supervised in accordance with the SRA Code of Conduct.

You can find details about the experience and qualifications of the legal advisors in our Unsecured Debt Recovery team for debts under £100,000, and of Anthony Davies on the our People page.

Licensing applications for business premises

We offer a wide range of licensing advice and services including applications for New Premises Licences and Full Variations of existing licences under the Licensing Act 2003.

Our fees are based on hourly rates. However, we also operate a number of alternative charging structures for some clients including capped and fixed rates, menu and retainer pricing. We also offer preferential rates for larger clients who are able to offer volume and/or repeat work which would enable us to deliver efficiency savings based on economies of scale.

Illustrative range of fees

Download an illustrative range of fees for licensing.

Likely timescales

Following submission an application (New Licence of Full Variation) will be subject to a 28 day consultation period during which time the application must be advertised by statutory notice on the premises and once in a relevant local newspaper. At the end of the consultation if there are no representations the application will be deemed as granted. Where representations are received the matter must be listed for a hearing to take place within the following 20 working days. If the applicant is able to reach agreement with the third party making the representation and persuades that party to withdraw the representation a hearing may be dispensed with.

Experience and qualifications of those carrying out the work

You can find details about the experience and qualifications of the legal advisors in our Licensing team on our people page.