At Robertsons Solicitors, we hope that cases settle without your employee bringing the matter to the employment tribunal. If this can be done, it means that your legal costs are lower and matters are concluded quicker.
However, if cases can’t settle, then our expert legal team will ensure that you get the best representation for defending any claim.
If you are entering into a Settlement Agreement with an employee, our costs for providing advice and drafting the necessary document will be around £450 - £750 + VAT depending on the complexity of the matter.
All costs shown below attract VAT at the prevailing rate of 20%.
Estimate of other costs
Within our first consultation with you, we will be able to discuss your case and the likely fees that will be incurred, depending on the complexity of it.
Simple case: £750 - £1,750
Medium complexity case: £1,750 - £5,000
High complexity case: £5,000 - £15,000
Factors that could make a case be classed as a simple case:
- only having to deal with ACAS as the matter settles with their involvement
- settling the case by discussions with your employee prior to any claim being made
Factors that could make a case medium or high complexity:
- if it is necessary to defend applications or to provide information about an existing claim;
- defending claims that are brought by litigants in person;
- making or defending a costs application;
- complex preliminary issues such as whether the employee is legally defined as disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties);
- the number of witnesses and documents;
- if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, eg if the employee is dismissed after blowing the whistle on you;
- allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
There are not usually many disbursements in employment law matters from an employer's point of view. It depends on each case. However, fees for a barrister are classed as disbursements. Most disbursements will have VAT added. Before incurring any disbursements, we shall discuss this with you and what the cost will be.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the key stages of a claim:
- taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers & advising you on merits of the employee’s case (to be revisited throughout the matter & subject to change);
- entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- preparing a response;
- reviewing and advising on the claim or response from other party;
- exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
- 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;
- 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 the barrister.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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.