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Respondent (Employer) – Estimate of costs

INDICATIVE ESTIMATE OF COSTS

(for defending a simple unfair dismissal claim or wrongful dismissal claim)

X -v- XYZ Limited


The prices below indicate how much you will have to pay for each stage of the litigation (and are capped, unless the matter is overly complex or becomes protracted)

Activity

Time estimate (hours)

Low estimate (excluding VAT)

High estimate (excluding VAT)

Liaising with you to draft, amend, finalise and lodge your defence/grounds of resistance, including perusal of all papers.

6 to 9

1050

1575

Producing the Respondent’s list of documents and dealing with inspection

3

525

525

Producing joint bundle of documents (if necessary

3

525

525

Witness statements:-Based upon two witnesses (with each statement taking 5-7 hours to complete)

10 to 14

1750

2450

Costs in preparing for the hearing

4 to 6

700

1050

Witness training (one session for all witnesses)

3 to 4

525

700

Miscellaneous issues: (e.g. meeting with you if required, preparation of final hearing bundle, settlement discussions, instructing Counsel, correspondence with the Tribunal and Claimant's representative and participation in any interlocutory hearings)

15 to 20 

2625

3500

Centurion Legal's fees in GBP (excluding VAT and barrister's costs)*

44 to 59

7700

10325

Services not included within the above quote

  • A barrister to represent you at the final hearing which costs approximately £1,000-£1,250 per day plus VAT. We collect the fee from you and pay it on your behalf.
  • Any additional witness statements
  • Fees (both for Centurion and a barrister) for any appeal against the Tribunal’s decision or for any separate hearing to determine remedy (usually compensation)
  • Defending any other claims, such as automatic unfair dismissal, discrimination or whistleblowing, which are more complicated and quoted for separately and on demand
  • We have also assumed a two or three-day hearing. For more complex hearings, our fees may be more.

Service provision

Representation by Roscoe Fernandes (Principal Solicitor at Centurion Legal) with over 17 years’ experience of handling Employment Tribunal claims for both Claimants and Respondents on a local and national basis. His hourly rate is £175 per hour plus VAT.

Timescale

The Tribunal aims to decide the case within 28 weeks of serving it upon you. However, this may vary according to the Tribunal’s calendar/availability and the complexity of the Claimant’s case.