Costs and Service Information


Employment claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

For individuals




Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:


1.Fees charged by Marlow Braide Solicitors Limited; and

2.Fees payable to third parties.


Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.



Fees charged by Marlow Braide Solicitors Limited


Case type

Legal fee*


(charged at 20%)


Simple case

£7,500 – £12,500

£1,500 – £2,500

£9,000 – £15,000

Medium complexity case

£12,500 – £22,500

£2,500 – £4,500

£15,000 – £27,000

complexity case

£22,500 – £50,000

£4,500 – £10,000

£27,000 – £60,000

* basis of charging = fixed fee OR average hourly rate of £150-£300. Hourly rates for fee earners in our employment team are set out in the section below.

If hourly rate
Based on 33-55 numbers of hours to complete the work for a simple case.

Based on 55-100 numbers of hours to complete the work for a medium complexity case.

Based on 100-222 numbers of hours to complete the work for a high complexity case.


Factors that affect the complexity of a case:


·      If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further
information about an existing claim.

·      Making or defending 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 e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.

·      Allegations of discrimination, which are linked to the dismissal.


We will be able to give you an idea of which case type you are likely to have once we receive details of your case from you.


Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)





(charged at 20%)


Counsel’s fees


£200 – £6,000

£1,200 – £36,000



£1,200 – £36,000



Work included and key stages


The precise work and stages involved in bringing an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical claim:


·      Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation.

·      Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.

·      Preparing your claim.

·      Reviewing and advising on response from the other party.

·      Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.

·      Preparing 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.




Services excluded


Our services (within the scope of this costs information) will not include any of the following:


·      Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.



Approximate/average timescales


The time that it takes from 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 5-10 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-24 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.



Qualifications and experience of our team


Our employment team includes:


All employment matters are handled by Rachael Braide, Director (£360 per hour including VAT) assisted by litigation executives (£150 per hour plus VAT).


Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Rachael Braide,Director.