Our fees and services

For details of our employment law fees and services in relation to bringing or defending an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim, please see below.

  • Our fees for making or defending a claim

    As a guide, we estimate our fees for advising and assisting on bringing a claim to be in the region of:

    • £8,000 to £15,000 + VAT for standard claims e.g. constructive/unfair dismissal
    • £25,000 to £40,000 + VAT for complex claims e.g. discrimination/whistleblowing

    For advising and assisting on defending a claim, we estimate:

    • £10,000 to £20,000 + VAT for standard claims e.g. constructive/unfair dismissal
    • £25,000 to £45,000 + VAT for complex claims e.g. discrimination/whistleblowing

    That excludes time representing at any Tribunal hearings and/or disbursements such as counsel’s fees.

    Factors that could make a case more complex, include:

    • If it is necessary to make or defend an application to amend a claim or to provide further information about an existing claim.
    • Defending a claim that is brought by a litigant in person (a person or business that has the right to address a Court (rights of audience) and is not legally represented by a solicitor or barrister).
    • Making or defending a costs application.
    • Any preliminary issues, such as time limits or whether the claimant is/was an employee.
    • The number of witnesses and documents involved in the claim.
  • Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barrister or advocate fees. These are in addition to the fees detailed in the previous section. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

    Barrister or advocate fees are estimated between £800 to £1,200 per day (depending on experience of the barrister or advocate) for attending an employment tribunal hearing (there may also be additional charges for preparation or a conference before the hearing).

  • Our service

    The fees listed in the previous section cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim, which includes:

    • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on the merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and is subject to change).
    • Entering into pre-claim conciliation, where this is mandatory, to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
    • Preparing a claim or response.
    • Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from the other party.
    • Exploring a settlement and negotiating a settlement throughout the process.
    • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
    • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
    • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing the 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 a cast list.

    The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will 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 according to your individual needs.

  • Timescales for your claim

    The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends on the stage at which your case is resolved and how busy the employment tribunal, which is handling your claim, is. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take four to six weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take up to nine 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 the matter progresses.

For more information about our employment law fees and services, contact us via our online form or call 0800 024 1976 for a guaranteed response.

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