Employment tribunal pricing for employers

Thank you for looking at our services for Employment Law. We regularly advise employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries on dealing with Employment Tribunal claims, early conciliation and other options for resolving employment disputes.

As an employer, you have a legal duty to provide a fair working environment that complies with all relevant legislation, while still needing to be able to manage your workforce effectively.  If an employee has raised an issue or made a claim to an Employment Tribunal, it is essential to have the right expert advice to protect your business and reputation.

Our expert employment lawyers can guide you through each step of the process of dealing with an employment dispute, removing as much stress and uncertainty from the situation as possible.  We can help you secure the best available outcome for your business as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible while minimising any negative impact on your commercial interests.

Why Us

Our expert team have years of experience handling both straightforward and highly complex employment disputes at every level, from negotiation and early conciliation through to Employment Tribunal hearings and Employment Appeal Tribunals proceedings.

We appreciate that getting the right result is only one of the concerns when dealing with an employment dispute – protecting your reputation and making sure the matter is dealt with efficiently are often just as important. We therefore tailor our approach to your priorities, making sure we resolve your matter in way that works for you and your business.

Value for money and overall costs are important factors for any business, so we will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. That way you can budget appropriately and be confident that we are handling your case cost-effectively.

Whether you wish to settle a claim or defend it at a Tribunal, we will provide an honest assessment of the situation and commercially-focused advice to make sure you are pursuing the best strategy for your business.

We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.


Our approach to fees for defending a claim brought against your business for unfair or wrongful dismissal are set out below. The figures are indicative only and we will provide you with a fee estimate applicable to the circumstances of your case (which could be less or more than specified, dependent on your case, our level of involvement and your objectives).

There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.

Factors that may influence this include the need for:

  • Responding to a claim made against you.
  • Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim.
  • Responding to Orders made by the Tribunal.
  • Making any applications to a Tribunal on your behalf.
  • Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required.
  • Representing you at a final hearing.


(See below for factors affecting complexity)

Simple Case Medium Complexity Case High Complexity Case
Fee Range * £5,000 – £10,000 £10,000 – £25,000 £25,000 – £45,000
Charge for attending a final hearing 1 – 2 days (based on £1,000 – £1,500 per day) £1,000 – £3,000 2 – 4 days (based on £1,500 – £2,000 per day) £3,000 – £8,000 3 – 5 days (based on £2,000 – £2,500 per day) £6,000 – £12,500
VAT £1,200 – £2,600 £2,600 – £6,600 £6,200 – £11,500
Total £7,200 – £15,600 £15,600 – £39,600 £37,200 – £69,000

* Based on hourly rates (excluding VAT):

Partner £385, Senior Associate £310, Associate £290, Assistant Solicitor £260, Trainee Solicitor £210, Paralegal £150.

*VAT is charged at the current rate of 20%.


In addition to our fees, we would usually engage a barrister to represent you at a final hearing due to their expertise in advocacy. As barristers are independent of our business these estimates are guides only.

Simple Case Medium Complexity Case High Complexity Case
Brief fee (preparation fee) and first day of hearing £1,500 – £3,000 £3,000 – £5,000 £5,000 – £15,000
Each subsequent day of the hearing £750 – £1,200 (1 day) £1,200 – £2,000 (2 – 3 days) £2,000 – £3,000 (2 – 4 days)
VAT £450 – £840 £840 – £1,400 £1,400 – £3,600
Total £2,700 – £5,040 £5,040 – £8,400 £8,400 – £21,600

*VAT is charged at the current rate of 20%.


The fees quoted above do not include cases involving allegations outside of unfair or wrongful dismissal such as discrimination, which tend to increase the fees estimated.

Factors Affecting Complexity

The cost of your case is affected by the complexity of it. When we assess whether your case is simple or of medium or high complexity, the factors below are taken into account:

  • The extent of the history of your case and whether there has been a continuing course of conduct.
  • The nature of any allegation against you (for example, a one off gross misconduct incident or something more complex such as fraud or a history of poor performance).
  • If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Making or defending a costs application, strikeout or deposit order.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (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.
  • If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal.
  • Applications for specific documents.

In the event that the issues become more complex than anticipated, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Time Scales

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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-9 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.

Key Milestones

There are key milestones, which may vary according to your individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • 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 is subject to change).
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing your claim.
  • Reviewing and advising on the response from the other party.
  • Exploring and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
  • 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 a final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

The milestones above are an indication of typical stages of a claim. If some of these milestones are not required, the fee may be reduced.

If you have any immediate questions on this topic please do not hesitate to contact us using the enquiry form or call us on 01245 493939.

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