If you instruct one of our Barristers on a Public Access basis for routine Employment Tribunal proceedings, namely ordinary unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal proceedings, we are able to provide more specific guidelines as to pricing and timescales.
Please note these guidelines apply to advice and representation given to employers or employees in ordinary unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims. They do not apply where there are other claims but the clerks will be happy to discuss this with you.
Timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such a Barrister’s availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents, and the other side’s approach. For guidance only, more straight forward Employment Tribunal cases tend to have a hearing date fixed within 6 months of a claim being made.
We may charge fixed fees for routine cases, which means we will charge a set amount of money for the work. Set out below are a range of fixed fee estimates for Direct Access Barristers at Magdalen Chambers. All fees are subject to VAT (where applicable) and there may be additional expenses such as travel and accommodation which are also not included. The level of fixed fee will depend on the seniority of the Barrister or the complexity of the case. For particularly complex cases, fixed fees may not be appropriate.
Advice in writing or in conference and drafting of any tribunal documents.
Hourly rates ranging from £150 – 300 per hour. All of our fees are calculated based on reading and preparation time plus either time drafting or time spent in conference at an hourly rate in the above bracket.Example – A conference anticipated to last 2 hours, with 3 hours reading and preparation could cost between £750 – 1,500
Preliminary/Case Management Hearing* (1 hour – 1 Day)
£750 – 3,500 + VAT Note: Fee will depend on the time estimate of the hearing, estimated preparation time and the seniority of counsel.
Tribunal Hearing* – First Day ‘Brief Fee’
The ‘Brief Fee’ is calculated at daily rates ranging from £1,000 – 3,500 to include all preparation, any drafting for and attendance at the first day in Tribunal.Example – Counsel with a daily rate of £2,000 anticipates 2 days preparation. This could cost £6,000 based on 3 days work (2 days preparation and 1 day in Tribunal).
Tribunal Hearing* – Subsequent day(s) ‘Refresher fee’
The ‘Refresher Fee’ is charged per day, after the first day and based on daily rates ranging between £1,000 – 3,500.
Remedy Hearing* (to decide compensation) (1 hour – 1 day)
Could cost between £750 – 3,500 depending on estimated duration of hearing, preparation time and seniority of counsel.
Advice on Settlement Agreement
£250 – 650
*If the hearing is held remotely (telephone/Video) then this fee may be reduced.
*All fees must be paid prior to any work being undertaken by Counsel and are subject to the complexity of the case