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Price of Costs & Services > Employment Tribunal:  Range of Costs

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are:-

Simple case: £2000-£4000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £4000-£8000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £8000-£12000 (excluding VAT)

For a discrimination case it is likely to fall within the medium complexity bracket and tailored quotes will be given at the commencement of the case.

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

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1000 plus VAT per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.


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

Counsel’s fees estimated between £1000 to £2000 plus VAT per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Damage Based Agreements (‘DBA’)

For bringing claims for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal or discrimination for certain cases at our total discretion we will enter into a damaged based agreement.    A sample agreement can be found by clicking this link.

From the date of our first meeting with you we will take up to 2 weeks to assess your claim and advise you as to whether we will agree to enter into a DBA with you. We will raise no cost to assess your claim.

Under a DBA neither ourselves or any Barrister appointed will be paid until the end. If the claim succeeds we are paid 35% including VAT of the monies you recover but excluding disbursements.  If the claim does not succeed you do not pay us anything.  The only costs you may have to pay are court fees or expert fees if applicable.   We will advise you of these in advance.

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 the 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 the 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 for and attendance at a 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 for 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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take between 2 and 6 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 6-12 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 as the matter progresses.