Employment law advice for senior executives
BHW’s employment solicitors are perfectly placed to advise senior executives on employment law and business exits.
Our employment solicitors will advise senior executives in relation to settlement offers, and support negotiations of an exit package, as well as the terms and restrictions included in any service agreement.
BHW’s employment solicitors have a proven track record of advising on employment law for senior executives and will help you to achieve a business exit on your terms.
This costs guide is specifically in relation to bringing an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal.
Our legal team will always outline estimated costs tailored to the circumstances of the claim you are bringing at an initial meeting. As circumstances can vary greatly from one claim to another, the information provided below is a guide only. The price ranges quoted below include the cost of an initial meeting.
Simple case: £12,000 – £15,000 (plus VAT)
Medium complexity case: £15,000 – £25,000 (plus VAT)
High complexity case: £25,000+ (plus VAT)
VAT is charged at 20%.
Costs are charged on an hourly rate basis and all cases are handled by an experienced Partner in our Employment Law department. Our Partner’s hourly rate is £360 plus VAT. We do not offer conditional fee agreements, damages-based agreements or so-called ‘no win no fee’ agreements.
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- a final hearing length of more than 1 day;
- if it is necessary to make applications to amend pleadings or provide further information about an existing claim;
- issuing cost warning notices or making a costs application;
- complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties);
- the number of witnesses and documents;
- if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim;
- cases involving whistle-blowing;
- allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These will be explained to you at an initial meeting.
Counsel’s fees can range between £1,000 and £5,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). We will obtain a formal quote for Counsel’s fees once it is required.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the key stages of a claim:
- taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change);
- entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- reviewing and advising on a response from other party;
- exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
- preparing for and considering a schedule of loss;
- preparing for a Preliminary Hearing, including instructions to Counsel;
- exchanging documents with the other party, agreeing and preparing a bundle of documents;
- taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
- reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
- agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;
- preparation for any Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages are not required, this will be reflected in the fee. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. If so, we can discuss if this can be arranged top suit your individual needs. In some cases, this will not result in a substantial reduction to the fee depending on the work involved.
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your claim depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-8 weeks.
If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12-24 months. This is just an estimate, and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as your case progresses.