Employment Price Transparency

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Expected fees

Simple case: £3,000.00 – £5,000.00 plus VAT (total: £3,600.00 – £6,000.00)

Medium complexity case: £5,000.00 – £10,000.00 plus VAT (total: £6,000.00 – £12,000.00)

High complexity case: over £10,000.00 – £20,000 plus VAT (total: £12,000.00 – £24,000)

These costs are based on a senior solicitor working on the matter with the hourly rate varying from £275 plus 20% VAT (total: £330.00) – £400 plus 20% VAT (total – £480p/h)

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 dismissal claim, e.g. you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.


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

There are no fees to be paid to the Employment Tribunal. Your claim might be suitable to be dealt with in the County Court instead in which case Court fees may be applicable and those will be discussed with you as they arise.

In the case of fees payable to Barristers, their fees are largely determined by the level of their experience.

In most cases, Barristers’ fees for attending hearings will range between £1,500-£4,000 plus VAT (total £1,800 – £4,800) assuming a one day trial. If a case runs on for additional time, which is not anticipated in the original brief fee, there may be further payments range between £750-£2,000 plus VAT (total £900 – £2,400) for each additional day.
Time scales are dependant on whether a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation. If so, your case is likely to take 6 to 12 weeks to resolve. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 to 39 weeks. Please note that a case may go beyond 39 weeks if it is particularly complex or if it is impacted by court backlogs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Key Stages of a Tribunal

  • 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 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 the compensation being claimed
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing the set of documents to be used in the case
  • 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 any barrister instructed