Unfair Dismissal

Type of Application

Broad Range of Fees Vas Solicitors

(Excluding Fees)

Wrongful Dismissal

Mr Veeravagu Vaaheesan - £250.00/hour 


Miss Evanjalin Vivekanandarajah -£165.00/hour


Mr Sunjay Issur - £121.00 per hour 


Miss Ashwariya Kuhendiran - £121 per hour

Factors that could make a case more complex: 

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to 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 disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • If a preliminary hearing is required
  • Making an application for a provisional decision given during the course of a legal action.
  • The number of witnesses and documents 
  • If there are also allegations of unfair dismissal or discrimination 
  • If there is more than one potential Respondent e.g. in the case of a dismissal resulting from a transfer of the business or a part of it

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 hour to 1 day depending on the complexity of your case

Disbursements 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. 

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £3,500 per day (excluding VAT) (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). If a hearing lasts for more than one day, the fee for preparation and the first day is usually higher than the fee for subsequent days. 

Key stages 

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following 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). You may have other options available to you for funding a Tribunal claim, e.g. cover under an insurance policy. We will discuss these options at our first meeting to check whether any apply to you.

  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response 
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party 
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process 
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing 
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents 
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses • Preparing bundle of documents 
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list 
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take? 

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter 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 1-3 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-12 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 the matter progresses

 Claim for Unfair Dismissal Work Fees

Type of Application

Broad Range of Fees Vas Solicitors

(Excluding Fees)

Wrongful Dismissal

Mr Veeravagu Vaaheesan - £250.00/hour 


Miss Evanjalin Vivekanandarajah -£165.00/hour


Mr Sunjay Issur - £121.00 per hour 


Miss Ashwariya Kuhendiran - £121 per hour

Factors that could make a case more complex: 

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim 
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person 
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties) 

  • If a preliminary hearing is required. 
  • Making an application for a provisional decision given during the course of a legal action (a preliminary application). 
  • The number of witnesses and documents 
  • If there are complex allegations about the Claimant’s conduct.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer 
  • If there is more than one potential Respondent e.g. in the case of a dismissal resulting from a transfer of the business or a part of it. 

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-7 days depending on the complexity of your case. 

Disbursements 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to 3,500 per day (excluding VAT) (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). If a hearing lasts for more than one day, the fee for preparation and the first day is usually higher than the fee for subsequent days.

Key stages The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following 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). 

You may have other options available to you for funding a Tribunal claim, e.g. cover under an insurance policy. We will discuss these options at our first meeting to check whether any apply to you. 

  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached; • Preparing claim or response 
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party 
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process 
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss 
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing 
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses 
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list 
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel 

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take? 

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter 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 1-3 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-18 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 the matter progresses. 

Conditional Fee Agreements & Damages Based Agreements 

In some circumstances, we may consider entering into a Damages-Based Agreement with you. A Damages-Based Agreement is a type of Conditional Fee Arrangement. This is only applicable to those bringing the claim and not those defending a claim. 

If we enter into this type of arrangement with you, our fees are determined as a percentage of the amount that you achieve if you win. A “win” would include any settlement reached or following any Employment Tribunal award. This percentage is usually 35% inclusive of VAT, although it is assessed on the circumstances of each matter. 

If you were unsuccessful in your claim, you would not be required to pay our fees. There are exceptions to this which are set out below. 

You will always be required to pay any disbursements incurred (whether you are successful or not) and these will usually be required on account prior to the costs being incurred. 

The agreement is limited to pursuit of your claims. It does not cover: 

(a) any claims or counterclaims brought against you; 

(b) any appeal that either you or your employer may make including any appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal; or 

(c) any reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

Disbursements 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Counsel’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. 

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £3,500 per day (excluding VAT) (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). If a hearing lasts for more than one day, the fee for preparation and the first day is usually higher than the fee for subsequent days. 

Breach of the Agreement 

If you breach the agreement, you would be required to pay our fees calculated on the basis of the relevant hourly rate. Breaching the agreement can include not acting in accordance with our advice, being untruthful in your representation of your claim to us or failing to provide in advance any payment required in respect of any disbursements which may be incurred. This is not exhaustive and we would provide further information prior to entering into this type of agreement. If you terminate the agreement prior to conclusion of the matter or become incapable of continuing with the matter, you would be required to pay our fees calculated on the basis of the relevant hourly rate.

Employment Law Team and experience

Name

Position at Vas Solicitors

Qualifications

Relevant Experience

Hourly Rate plus VAT

Veeravagu Vaaheesan

Solicitor/Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

10+ PQE

£250.00

Evanjalin Vivekanandarajah

Solicitor/Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

3+ PQE

£165.00

Ashwariya Kuhendiran

Paralegal

LLM

1+ years of experience

£121.00

Sunjay Issur

Trainee Solicitor

LLB

3+ years of experience

£121.00