As any employer who has been involved in an employment dispute will know, those that end up before an employment tribunal can be costly, time-consuming and distracting to resolve. And this is a key reason why more employers are looking to mediation as an alternative way of resolving disputes with employees.
Those practices that prefer to have their day in front of a judge can expect to pay dearly for the privilege. Solicitors can charge from £3,500+VAT and disbursements to handle an unlawful deduction of wages or breach of contract claim, £8,500+VAT and disbursements to deal with an unfair dismissal claim, and between £6,500 to £9,000+VAT and disbursements to defend a discrimination claim. On top of that is management time in pulling together a defence and any awards made in favour of the claimant.