The cost of representation at tribunal depends on the complexity of the case: *complex cases involving more than one claim, several witnesses and a lot of documents will, inevitably, cost more than routine or straightforward cases that concern one single claim, fewer witnesses and less documentation.
What is involved in taking a case to tribunal?
Representing an employer: An employer defending a claim from an employee for unfair dismissal or discrimination will have to invest more time and money than the employee, even if the case is straightforward. This is because more people are involved (in the investigation and hearing stages) and an employer will have more contractual documentation to be reviewed. Employers also need to remember when defending a discrimination claim that, if the tribunal finds against them, compensation payments are uncapped.
Representing an employee: An employee bringing a case for unfair dismissal or discrimination is likely to have less contractual paperwork to sift through and there are usually fewer witnesses involved (for instance those carrying out the investigation will appear on behalf of the employer, not the employee). Therefore, the overall cost may be lower than that for an employer; nonetheless the complexity of the issues involved will determine the final cost.
The example fees set out below cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of the claim:
The prices outlined below are indicative only
|Medium complexity case||£8,500||£12,000|
|High complexity case||£12,000||£24,000|
|The above prices exclude costs payable to a third party, such as a barrister. The disbursements payable will be the use of counsel (barrister) to attend the tribunal. Barristers’ rates vary according to their experience but, on average, are approximately £1000 (excluding VAT) per day.|
|Timescales On average it takes approximately 12 months from lodging a claim to the tribunal hearing but this timing is wholly dependent on the directions set by the Tribunal and the hearing date. The tribunal will list the hearing and cases can be listed for 1 – 5 days (or more) depending on the number of witnesses and complexity of the claim before it.|
|Face to face review meeting||Price (including VAT)|
|Initial meeting to discuss the scope of claim, including review of documents prior to the meeting.||£425|
You can find out more about the status of your claim, and what constitutes fair process, by checking the Acas Code of Practice on the Acas website.
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