Employment Tribunal

Employment Tribunal Pricing

Employment Tribunal – Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal Claims

1) What work will be undertaken?

The fees set out below cover the work that will be carried out 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)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing the claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and undertaking negotiations throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a Schedule of Loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) any Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking statements, drafting witness statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing a bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues for the Tribunal to consider and along with a chronology
  • Preparation for the Final Hearing, including Instructions to Counsel to attend

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee may 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.

2) Our Fees

Our estimated pricing for bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is set out below:

Complexity of case £ Estimated Fee Range (excluding VAT)
Up to £10,000
£10,001 – £20,000
£20,001 +


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

Counsel’s fees for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation) will vary considerably, depending on their experience and seniority. As a rough estimate, based on the Counsel we typically instruct, we would provisionally estimate their fees to be £1,250 to £3,000 per day plus VAT.

All disbursements will be in addition to our fees.

3) 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 6 – 10 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 – 52 weeks. 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.

4) 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)
  • 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

Factors such as these could cause you to incur higher costs and potentially move your case into a higher Fee Range.

If it is necessary for us to attend a Tribunal Hearing there may be an additional charge for attending of up to £1,250 per day (excluding VAT).

Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.

If you have any questions on the above, please feel free to contact us.


Consultant Solicitor

Consultant Partner - Immigration