Every case is different.  We will always tailor our approach to meet your needs.

Below are examples of what it can cost to contest a claim to an Employment Tribunal

  • Simple case - an ordinary unfair dismissal (misconduct, redundancy), wrongful dismissal, unauthorised deductions of wages - £3,000 to £8,000 +VAT
  • Medium complexity case - an unfair dismissal with linked discrimination, whistleblowing, group actions - £8,000 to £30,000 +VAT
  • High complexity case - equal pay, pensions, whistleblowing - £30,000 to £100,000 +VAT

Please note that the prices above are an estimate and may change as your matter progresses but nothing will be done without prior consultation with you and your acceptance of the charges.

What is Not Included

We do not include in the price estimates above any fees for retention or representation in court by counsel.

Factors which could increase the cost or make your case more complex

  • Making or defending applications to amend claims or defences or provide further information about the claim or defence
  • Defending claims brought by litigants in person
  • Defending or making a costs application
  • Number of witnesses or documents in the case
  • Automatic dismissal cases such as whistleblowing
  • Allegations of discrimination
  • Conduct of parties in the proceedings
  • Non-compliance with orders and financial sanctions
  • Hearings being part heard or postponed
  • Unforeseeable events in claims
  • Changes or reform in the law

Factors which could decrease the cost of your case

  • Settlement
  • Alternative dispute resolution – judicial mediation/judicial assessments


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements in most cases on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel Fees

Counsel fees will depend on the complexity of the case, the experience of the barrister and at which Chamber your your barrister is based. There is usually an initial charge (called a brief fee to cover preparation and first day in tribunal/court), and fees for each additional day thereafter (called ‘refreshers’). Their fee may also include counsel expenses such as travel/overnight accommodation. The level of fee will be dictated by a number of factors including the individual barrister’s seniority and the complexity of your case, but as a general rule of thumb, these figures can be considered:

  • Simple case - £500 to £5,000 +VAT
  • Medium complexity case - £5,000 to £15,000 +VAT
  • High Complexity case - £15,000 -  £100,000 +VAT

Key Stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work 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 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 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 Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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 on your individual needs.

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 and the complexity of the case:

  • Simple case - from submitting an Employment Tribunal claim to trial  - 6 to 8 Months.
  • Medium complexity case - including those cases with preliminary hearings - upto 1 Year.
  • High complexity case - can take years to conclude

The time it takes for a case to close depends on the timeliness of the responses given from Employment Tribunals which can be affected by their speed and capacity.  

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