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Employment Tribunal Costs

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Our specialist Employment Law solicitors have extensive knowledge of employment tribunals. We regularly assist professionals, senior managers and directors from across a wide range of sectors.

We’ll be upfront and transparent about our fees from the outset, providing you with a fee estimate at the start of the matter and keeping you updated throughout. As confirmed by our client testimonials, we provide a first rate service and excellent value for money.

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Hourly rates

All of our cost estimates are based on hourly rates, which range from £140 to £350 + VAT. The hourly rate can change, depending on the seniority of solicitor involved in your case. All costs listed are also exclusive of VAT (currently at 20%).

Claim types

Type 1
(typically) wages, holiday pay, redundancy pay, failure to provide pay slips, a contract, written reasons for dismissal

Type 2
(typically) unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract

Type 3
(typically) discrimination, whistleblowing, equal pay, flexible working, TUPE related claims, family rights claims, restrictive covenants


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Claim types with costs

The type of the claim may often overlap and so the pricing below, for employees, is designed as a guide only where claims are presented as stand-alone claims.

Where multiple claims are pursued, the estimates are likely to reflect the higher of the relevant brackets set out below.

Claim Type Costs for Key Stages* Barrister’s Fees Assumptions (based upon…)*
1 £3,000.00 – £7,500.00 £1,500.00 – £3,000.00 Hearing lasting 1 day using junior barrister with no preliminary hearing & no or standard directions
2 £5,00.00 – £20,500.00 £1,500.00 – £5,00.00 Hearing lasting 1-2 days using junior barrister with no preliminary hearing & standard directions
3 £15,000.00 – £45,000.00 £7,500.00 -£15,000.00 Hearing lasting 3-5 days (including Preliminary) using senior barrister with non-standard directions

*Key Stages include:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the evidence and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and is subject to change)
  • Entering into early conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached and may include pre-action correspondence;
  • 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
  • Preparing and responding to any interim applications
  • Where appropriate, obtaining medical evidence and instruction relevant experts
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents- Preparing and agreeing a bundle of documents with the other party
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • 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 Barrister

The stages set out on the left are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will not be incurred. 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. Factors to influence where costs may be outside of the brackets

  • Where a matter concludes early, by way of settlement or other resolution;
    Where parties need to be added;
  • Where complex issues require resolution, such as employment status, medical conditions, experts’ instruction, availability or preference of barrister;
  • Where further information is required and needs to be added or responded to;
  • Where interim applications are necessary and appropriate;
  • Where applications for costs are appropriate;
  • Where counter claims are brought;
  • The number of witnesses and volume of documentary evidence in the case;
  • Where the hearing length is outside of the assumptions made;
  • Where hearings are postponed and relisted;
  • Your level co-operation and responsiveness;
  • Where enforcement of an award is needed;
  • Where injunctions are sought or other proceedings initiated in another jurisdiction;
  • Where unreasonable instructions and/or disproportionate communications resulting in an increase in work upon which the assumptions are based;
  • Where Barrister’s written opinion is appropriate;
  • Where time limits are a relevant consideration.
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Other funding options

Other funding options may be available, such as cover under an insurance policy, fixed fees and damages based agreements in certain circumstances, but this is based upon an assessment of the merits and value of a case in advance and only where it’s suitable and in the best interests of the client in relation to their access of justice.

These will be explored at the initial meeting and during the course of the case. Any change to funding arrangement of this nature are subject to strict conditions and may, in some circumstances, revert to funding the matter on the basis of the tables set out above.

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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 early conciliation, your case is likely to take 3-12 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-18 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.

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