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Employment Fees

Employment issues can be complex and lengthy to resolve and the total cost can depend on a wide range factors. Below you can find out more about the fees we charge and the people who will fight relentlessly in your corner to achieve the best possible results for you and your business.

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Our fees

The costs outlined below only apply to cases of wrongful or unfair dismissal. However, our experts can support you with every aspect of employment law, and we are happy to discuss fees with you for other claims, such as discrimination, on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes claims of this nature and employment claims may be covered by an insurance policy. If you are interested, we can talk more about that too.

Type of claimComplexity levelOur estimated fees (not including VAT)*
Wrongful dismissalLow£5,000 to £8,000
Unfair dismissalLow£8,000 to £14,000
Unfair dismissalModerate£10,000 to £17,500
Unfair dismissalHigh£15,000 to £30,000

*On the basis that the claim is defended in full to a final hearing

 

The fee estimate includes our fees for instructing Counsel and attending alongside Counsel. Prices do not include the cost of representation at the final hearing or any hearing throughout the tribunal process if Counsel conducts the hearing. Where the instruction of Counsel is necessary, we will provide you with an estimate of Counsel’s fees to approve. These could be £650-£2,500 per day plus VAT (including preparation), depending on the complexity of the claim and the seniority of Counsel. The hearing could be from half a day to a week or more (in complex claims).

 

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications, amend claims or provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is subject to any protected characteristics, e.g. disability, race etc. (if the parties do not agree this)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if an employee claims to have been dismissed after blowing the whistle on their employer
  • Allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal

What is included in these fees?

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to key stages of a claim (if we are instructed from the outset).

Key stages of a claim can include:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and is subject to change)
  • Attempting to resolve disputes before claims are issued and exploring whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing the response to the claim
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim and related documents from other parties
  • Considering a schedule of loss and preparing a counter schedule where necessary
  • Preparing for (and attending, if held by phone) a preliminary hearing
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Exchanging documents with the other party
  • Taking witness statements and drafting statements
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list
  • Preparation for the final hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication only; the fee will reduce if some are not required. If you would like to handle the claim and only take our advice on some of the stages, this can also be arranged.

​​​How long do employment claims take to resolve?

The time it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of the matter depends mainly on the stage your case is resolved.

We will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses, but here is an estimate of how long your case may take, depending on the circumstances.

  • If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation your case is likely to take 6-8 weeks
  • If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 3-6 months for a wrongful dismissal claim and up to 1-2 years for an unfair dismissal claim depending on the complexity

Employment experts at your service

Our employment law team includes specialist solicitors who collectively have over 150 years of experience in dealing with all kinds of employment disputes. Through continual professional development, they keep up to date with the latest in employment law, so our clients get the best service possible.

Their experience covers all aspects of employment law, including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • TUPE
  • Equal pay claims
  • Holiday pay
  • Contractual pay claims

Meet our employment team

Each Team Leader manages and supervises the legal teams including the lawyers, solicitors and paralegals. The teams are supported by administrative staff and experienced legal secretaries.

Robin White

Robin White is the Head of Insured Employment, leading the Employment team. Qualifying in 2013, Robin practised in Criminal Defence and Child Protection before moving into Employment Law. This enables him to provide high quality HR and Employment advice to clients, and regular representation at the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.  

Robin’s wide ranging client base includes medium and large businesses, Housing Associations and businesses in the Care and Education sectors. Robin has an LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde. He joined rradar in September 2019.  

Toni Haynes

Toni Haynes is a Senior Solicitor in our Employment department and leads the Leeds Employment team. Toni qualified in 2003 and defends tribunal claims and associated appeals and advises on all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims. She has a particular interest in complex TUPE, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Her clients include blue chip companies, SMEs, health care, education and charities. Toni has a LLB from the University of Hull and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York.  

Tom Bernard

Tom Bernard is a senior associate solicitor in the Employment team. He joined rradar in August 2019. Qualifying in 2011, Tom works with a wide range of employers including SMEs, care homes, education establishments and charities, supporting them through Employment Tribunal claims brought against them by employees.  

Tom handles particularly complex Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal claims. He has vast experience handling a wide range of employment matters, including discrimination and whistleblowing, and he has particular expertise in TUPE.  

Janine Lawton

Janine Lawton is a Senior Associate in the Employment Team, joining rradar in March 2018. She qualified in 2010 and represents a range of businesses including charities, care homes, GP surgeries, educational establishments and other law firms. Janine has a particular interest in discrimination and whistleblowing claims.  

She has a BA (Hons) English Language & Linguistic Science from the University of York and a Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC from BPP Law School.   

Victoria Sugden

Victoria joined rradar in March 2018 as a paralegal and in January 2023, she qualified as an Associate Solicitor into the Employment Team. Victoria’s cases include unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, discrimination and breach of the Working Time Regulations, for a wide range of employers, from SMEs to care homes and charities. Victoria has worked within rradar’s Business Crime and Regulatory, Civil Litigation and Cyber Data and Information Law Teams. Victoria has a first-class Law Degree from the University of Hull and the Legal Practice Course and Master of Laws from BPP University of Law in Leeds.  

Elynor Drinkwater

Elynor is completing her third seat in the Employment team who deal with litigious matters, whether that be defending the claim or reaching settlement. Elynor’s history includes, primarily, criminal defence work of which her skills have been transferred to defending employers in Employment claims. Elynor will qualify in January 2025.

Joshua Lee

Josh Lee leads our Hull Employment team, which he joined in 2014. He has over eight years of practising experience, defending employment disputes claims against employers, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and TUPE, with a specialist interest in discrimination claims, particularly disability discrimination.  

He has successfully defended a range of claims in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. Josh has represented clients from a range of public, private and charitable organisations. He has a LLB Law Degree from Leeds Metropolitan University, where he also completed his LPC.  

Amy Pedersen-Young

Amy Pedersen-Young is a solicitor in our Employment Team, supervised by Robin White, Head of Insured Employment. She qualified in 2018 and has 4 years’ practising experience. Her legal experience/practice areas include redundancy claims, constructive dismissal, and discrimination claims.  

Amy has the LLB and LLM from University of Hull, and the LPC from University of Law. She joined rradar in 2016 as a paralegal and qualified as a solicitor here.  

Amy Daniels

Amy Daniels is a solicitor in our Employment Team. She qualified in 2021 and joined rradar in October 2022. She completed her training contract at Monitor, now known as NHS England, doing two secondment seats: one at the Government Legal Department in their immigration team and the second at an international commercial law firm, working in commercial health care and life sciences.

She did a public law and an employment seat at NHSE and qualified into their in-house employment risk team. She has a LLB (Hons)/ M Law Exempting (including LPC) at Northumbria University.  

Emma Simons

Emma joined rradar in 2016 and spent 2 years as a Paralegal in Commercial Litigation, before starting her Training Contract in January 2021. In October 2022, Emma qualified as a Solicitor into the Employment Team. Emma gained some experience in non-contentious matters, including drafting and reviewing contract of employment and HR policies.

Emma now focuses on contentious employment law matters, defending a vast industry of Respondent clients across wide range of claims including unfair dismissal, redundancies, whistleblowing and discrimination. Emma graduated in Law from the University of Hull in 2015 and later undertook LPC studies with BPP in Leeds. 

Laura Murphy

Laura joined rradar in May 2016 as a Legal Secretary, then progressed through various roles including Triage for our Legal Advisory Service, Paralegal and Trainee Solicitor.  

In July 2023 Laura qualified as an Associate Solicitor into the Hull Employment Team, where she handles litigated Respondent matters and is involved with our Private Employment Team which carries out non-litigated work. Laura has a Law Degree from the University of Hull and the Legal Practice Course from The University of Law.  

Mark Leach

Mark is an Employment Executive and part of the Employment team. He was called to the Bar in 2000 and has specialised in employment law since. He has undertaken thousands of employment cases and has represented hundreds of clients at the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, including numerous multi-day hearings.  

Many cases have been against Senior Counsel and a number against Kings Counsel. He also has several reported cases under his name. He has an LLB and an LLM in Employment Law. 

Chloe Crooks 

Chloe started rradar in 2021 as an Employment Paralegal. In January 2023, following completion of her LPC & Masters, she then progressed as a Trainee Solicitor. She is in the process of completing training seats in RLAS, Business Crime and Regulation and Employment and aims to qualify in January 2025. 

Balbir Bird

Balbir Bird is a Senior Solicitor and leads the Birmingham Employment team. She joined rradar in January 2021. Balbir has 24 years’ practising experience: 22 years in Employment Law, two years in Family/Criminal Law and two years in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

Balbir deals with employment litigation from the ACAS Early Conciliation stage to Judicial mediation and the final hearing, handling discrimination, TUPE and whistleblowing claims. Balbir is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and has a BA LLB Honours from the University of Sheffield, Law Society Solicitors – 2:1 and the Law Society Professional Skills Course.  

Kate Attwood

Kate Attwood is a Senior Solicitor in our Employment team. She qualified in 2004 and has acted for clients from large national enterprises to charities and owner-managed businesses. She has undertaken contentious, non-contentious and transactional aspects of employment law including corporate support and now represents employers in the Employment Tribunal dealing with complex and high value multi-allegation claims. She joined rradar in October 2021. Kate has a LLB from Staffordshire University and an LPC from De Montfort at Bristol University. Kate is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.  

Adil Khan 

Adil Khan is an Associate Solicitor in our Employment Team. He qualified in 2021 and works with clients from engineering and manufacturing to care and education. He handles employment litigation proceedings from ACAS Early Conciliation to the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, involving unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, disability and race discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful dismissal.

Adil has worked on high-profile investigations as well as international litigation proceedings across Europe and the Middle East. He has an LLB from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Business, Law and Management from the University of Law.  

Eleanor Gow

Eleanor Gow is a solicitor in our Employment team. She qualified in 2021 and joined rradar, having previously gained experience working in Employment law. She has dealt with unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims and cases involving TUPE issues and equal pay claims.

Eleanor is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has a LLB Law with French Law from the University of Birmingham, a Certificat d’Initiation au Système Juridique Français from the University of Strasbourg and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Law.  

Anjuna Ali

Anjuna has been a Paralegal in the Employment team since August 2023. With two years’ experience in the legal profession, she supports the team in a full range of contentious employment matters. She also studied employment law at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with an LLB in Law, and LLM LPC Masters in Law and Legal Practice from the University of Derby.  

Mark McCormack

Mark McCormack is an Associate Solicitor in the Employment team Mark qualified in 2017 and gained advocacy experience as a Criminal Defence Solicitor, then moved into Corporate Immigration and Human Rights law before joining rradar’s Employment Team in 2023.

Mark works with both public and private sector clients and handles diverse employment law cases, including discrimination and unfair dismissal. Mark has an LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Glasgow, a BA in English and Economics and a Masters in English Literature.  

Priya Cunningham

Priya is an Employment Specialist and Trainee Solicitor in the Employment Team. She has advocacy experience with cases in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal in both Scotland and England. She joined rradar in February 2022. 

Her cases have covered discrimination, unfair dismissal/constructive dismissal, contractual issues, TUPE, whistleblowing, interim relief, stigma damages, protective awards and trade union activities as well as mass litigation equal pay claims. Over the years, she has acted for a wide-ranging client base which includes SMEs, Trade Unions, KFC, Costa, care providers, security companies and the NHS.  

Celina Maya

Celina is a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws graduate. Currently, she is an Insured Employment Paralegal at rradar. On a day-to-day basis, Celina complete reports on policy cover as well as renewal forms, create bundles for employment tribunal hearings and draft witness statements and settlement agreements.