WHY INSTRUCT DIXON WARD?

Dixon Ward has acted for both employers and employees in disputes relating to the termination of employment for many years. We will endeavour to resolve the matters between the parties direct if possible. If such issues cannot be concluded by agreement and the employee decides to pursue matters further, they will generally submit an early conciliation form to ACAS, (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service which acts independently and impartially to try to assist in resolving employment matters). Again, we will try to bring about a resolution of the matter through ACAS, but if that cannot be achieved, the employee may decide to pursue the matter by making a claim to the Employment Tribunal.

KEY STAGES OF A CLAIM

•Taking your initial instructions, reviewing relevant documents and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and to be subject to change)

•Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;

•Preparing claim or response

•Reviewing and advising on claim or response from 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 a bundle of documents

•Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses

•Preparing bundle of documents

•Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements

•Agreeing a list of issues and chronology

•Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel to represent you.


The stages set out above are indicative and may not all be applicable to you matter.

OUR CHARGES

Our fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal and the time that those matters may take to be concluded will vary significantly depending on the issues and other factors involved. Principally, however, the level of charges will depend upon the stage at which matters can be resolved. It is extremely rare that a matter is not settled by negotiation before a Final Hearing, which is the most expensive stage of the entire process. 

 

Rod Horler's time is charged at £280 plus VAT per hour. Gurpreet Reehal's hourly rate is currently £230 plus VAT. They will be assisted by a trainee solicitor where appropriate whose time is charged at £170 plus VAT per hour.  Those rates are reviewed at the end of March of each year.  Our estimates of fees involved overall are as folllows:

 

Simple case settled without a claim being made to the Employment Tribunal: £1,000 - £2,500 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case settled without a claim being made to the Employment Tribunal: £2,000 - £5,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case settled without a claim being made to the Employment Tribunal: £5,000 - £15,000 (excluding VAT)

Even if a claim is commenced, most of those claims will be resolved by agreement at some point before the Final Hearing. However, we set out below the likely fee levels if there were to be no such resolution.

Simple case requiring an Employment Tribunal Final Hearing: £5,000 - £15,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case requiring an Employment Tribunal Final Hearing: £15,000 - £30,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case requiring an Employment Tribunal Final Hearing: £30,000 - £80,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

•Complex preliminary issues (if not agreed by the parties);

•Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

•The number of witnesses and documents

Generally, we would expect the Employment Tribunal Final Hearing to last 1 to 5 days, depending on the complexity of your case and the number of witnesses who are to give evidence, though the most complex matters can require longer hearings.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Counsel's fees, estimated to be between £2,500 and £7,500 for a one day hearing (depending on the experience of the advocate and the issues) and between £1,500 to £3,500 per day for further days for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

HOW LONG WILL MY MATTER TAKE?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached directly or during pre-claim conciliation without a claim being made to the Employment Tribunal, your case is likely to take 2 - 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing in the Employment Tribunal, your case is likely to take 26 - 40 weeks, depending on any preliminary issues and the length of hearing required (which will be dependent largely on the issues involved and the number of witnesses required to give evidence). This is just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.