It is an unfortunate reality that employment law disputes that cannot be resolved in the workplace or through mediation may end up in an employment tribunal. Generally straightforward cases will be heard by an employment judge whilst typically more complex cases such as discrimination are normally heard by a panel of three people: a legally qualified employment judge and representatives of both the employer and employee. Although they are less formal than courts, tribunal decisions are legally binding, published on a government website and must be followed by both employer and employee. It is therefore crucial that both parties in a case that goes to tribunal have first-class, experienced representation to ensure that their perspective is presented compellingly and comprehensively. Our expert lawyers are experienced in successfully representing both employees and employers in employment tribunals.
How we can help
- Advising on claims for unfair dismissal and breach of contract
- Budget tribunal service
Budget tribunal service
We are pleased to also offer a ‘budget’ tribunal claim service, relying largely on standardised processes and procedures. This service is suitable for straightforward wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal claims listed for one day only. The cost is capped at £11,500 plus VAT. Costs are incurred on a time spent basis but will not exceed the capped price. The budget tribunal service is suitable for cases listed for two days but there will be an increased cost.
The cost includes:
- Receipt of initial instructions
- Reviewing documentation
- Drafting response to the claim
- Disclosing relevant documents
- Drafting up to 2 witness statements
- Attending the hearing and advocacy
- Advice in respect of the tribunal decision
- Costs associated with photocopying and other office related disbursements
The capped price does not include time spent seeking to negotiate a settlement. Those costs would be paid for separately at the relevant fee earner’s hourly rate. It also does not include travel costs and courier fees.
Additional costs will be incurred in the event of applications and pre-hearing reviews requiring additional correspondence or attendance at tribunal:
- Applications – £850 plus VAT per application
- Pre-hearing reviews – £1500 plus VAT per case management discussion (half day)
It is very difficult to estimate timescales as these will depend on a number of factors, including the tribunal in which the claim is commenced, whether there are any interim hearings prior to the main hearing and the length of time for which the matter is listed.
Tribunals list more cases to be heard on a day than they can hear on the basis that many cases will settle prior to a hearing. It is possible that hearings may be adjourned at short notice by the tribunal because the tribunal does not have the capacity to hear them on a particular day. This may result in a matter being adjourned for several months.
As an approximate guide, we would expect a hearing to be listed 6 – 12 months after the submission of the Claim Form but this will vary and may be considerably longer – especially if a case is listed for several days.
Who we help
Our employment lawyers are highly experienced in representing both employees and employers from a wide range of domestic and international organisations in employment tribunals.