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How Much Will It Cost?

Shacklocks LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  Our experienced Litigation Department provides a one-to one service. It's about understanding what is special about you, or your business and your position. 

We can act for individuals and businesses in employment disputes. We set out below a range of costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.  Our fees are based on our hourly rates which are based on the experience of the person or team conducting your case and the complexity of the work involved, and are subject to VAT.  The team dealing with your work may include a Partner, Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Paralegal, and hourly rates will range from £145 for a paralegal to £245 for a Partner.  Our hourly rates are updated from time to time and we will inform you of any changes during the life of your case. 

Simple Case:                               £2,040 to £4,040

Medium Complexity Case:             £4,040 to £7,540

High Complexity Case:                  £7,540 to £14,850

We encourage you to contact us to discuss your case to enable us to give you a cost estimate more specific to your circumstances. 

What is Included in the Price?

VAT will be added to the fees quoted above.  The fees cover all of the work in the key stages of a claim, which might include:

* Taking your initial instructions, reviewing papers and advising on the merits of the case

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

* Preparing a claim or a response to a claim

* Reviewing and advising on a claim or response received from the other party

* Exploring settlement and negotiating on your behalf

* Preparing or considering a schedule of loss

* Considering documentation provided by you and the other party

* Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents

* Liaising with witnesses and drafting witness statements

* Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statement(s)

* Preparing and agreeing a list of issues, chronology or case list


The stages of work set out in the ‘What is Included in the Price’ section are not all required in all cases.  You may wish to handle some or all of the case yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.  This can be arranged and we will provide you with personalised costs information when we know more about your matter.


In addition to our fees, it may also be necessary to pay costs to third parties such as experts and barristers.  We will discuss these with you once we know more about your particular circumstances.

Tribunal Hearings

There will be additional charges if we are required to attend a Tribunal Hearing which we will discuss with you if it is relevant to your matter.

What Factors Affect the Price?

There are numerous factors which could make a case more complex, for example:

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

* Where the other party is unrepresented

* Making or defending a costs application

* Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled within the meaning of the relevant law

* The number of witnesses and documents involved

* If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, including a claim related to whistleblowing

* Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

* Interim or preliminary hearings

Are we able to provide a fixed fee?

We can sometimes agree a fixed fee with you for a certain stage of the work if we have sufficient information about your case. Please contact us to see whether we are able to provide you with a fixed fee.

How Long Will It Take?

The timeframe for concluding a case depends very much on which stage it reaches.  For example, if a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4 to 6 weeks.  If your case is complex, or proceeds to a final hearing, it may take significantly longer.    

Who Will Conduct the Work?     

Partner Clare McShane is Head of Shacklocks’ Litigation Department and deals with a variety of contentious work for both individuals and commercial clients. Clare has particular experience in employment law and is a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association. Clare advises employers and employees on dealing with difficult issues in the workplace including discrimination and termination and deals with claims in the Employment Tribunal. Clare also advises senior executives, directors, shareholders and partners on issues of termination or dispute within the business.  You can read Clare’s full profile here:§ion_id=99&situation_id=209

Clare is supported by a dedicated team of Litigation Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Secretaries.

Clare is supervised by Marion Vesey, Shacklocks’ Managing Partner.  Read more about Marion here:

Who do I Contact?

Clare McShane, Partner, Employment and Litigation Clare McShane

Partner, Employment and Litigation

Tel: 01623 626141

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Marion Vesey, Managing Partner Marion Vesey

Managing Partner

Tel: 01623 626141

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