Employment Tribunals are an independent judicial body established to resolve disputes between employers and employees over employment rights. The tribunal will hear claims about employment matters such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, wages and redundancy payments.
There is no longer a requirement to pay a fee to make a claim to the tribunal itself but we provide below details of the costs involved for the provision of advice and representation to employees and employers in relation to the bringing of claims before the Employment Tribunal.
If you are an Employee
Our fees for a typical claim range from around £840 inclusive of VAT for a simple matter that settles quickly to around £24,000 inclusive of VAT for a substantial case that is fully contested at employment tribunal.
If you are an Employer
Our fees for a typical claim range from around £300 inclusive of VAT for a simple matter that settles quickly to around £36,000 inclusive of VAT for a substantial case that is fully contested at employment tribunal.
In both cases above should an expert, such as a Barrister, be required their fee is likely to be in the region of £3,000 (including VAT).
These figures may however vary in cases with special complications and that is why we will always give you an individual cost estimate at the start of the transaction, taking into account the actual specifics of the case. We will always advise you immediately about any complication, and discuss the potential impact on price before any additional charges are incurred.
You can find details of who would be dealing with your matter at Stephen Rimmer LLP and their relevant hourly rates here.
Below contains a typical timetable for a case.
|Claimant shall set out in writing what remedy the Tribunal is being asked to award. The claimant shall send a copy to the respondent including any evidence and documentation supporting what is claimed and how it is calculated. The claimant shall also include information about what steps the claimant has taken to reduce any loss (including any earnings or benefits received from new employment)||4 weeks|
|The claimant and the respondent shall send each other a list of any documents that they wish to refer to at the hearing or which are relevant to the case. They must send each other a copy of any of these documents if requested to do so||6 weeks|
|The respondent shall then prepare sufficient copies of the documents for the hearing and provide the other parties with a copy of the file. Two copies of the file must be provided to the Tribunal at the hearing (and not before)||8 weeks|
|The claimant and the respondent will prepare full written statements of the evidence they and their witnesses intend to give at the hearing and send the written statements of their witnesses to each other. Two copies of each written statement shall be provided for use by the Tribunal at the hearing (and not before)||10 weeks|
|Where the claimant and the respondent are both professionally represented, the professional representatives shall prepare a draft statement of issues or questions that are to be decided by the Tribunal at the hearing.||1 week before the Hearing|