Employment Tribunals

Our pricing for bringing (if you are an individual) or defending (if you are a small business) claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are as follows:

Simple case Medium complexity case High complexity case
Fee Range * £2,500 – £10,000 £10,000 – £25,000 £25,000 – £45,000
Charge for attending a Tribunal hearing 1 – 2 days (based on £750 – £1,500 per day)£1,000 – £3,000 2 – 4 days (based on £1,000 – £2,000 per day)£2,000 – £8,000 3 – 5 days (based on £1,500 – £2,000 per day)£4,500 – £10,000
VAT £650 – £2,600 £2,400 – £6,600 £5,400 – £12,000
Total £3,900 – £15,600 £12,400 – £39,600 £30,400 – £57,000

* Based on hourly rates (excluding VAT):

Partner £250 Associate £200 – £250, Solicitor £180 – £200, Trainee Solicitor/Paralegal £120.

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), employment status, jurisdiction etc
  • The number of witnesses and documents, such as where there are more than 2 witnesses, or the documents or evidence includes audio or video recordings, or the total number of pages in the hearing bundle exceeds 100
  • 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

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We may handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.In addition to our fees above, we may instruct counsel to represent you at a Tribunal hearing (including preparation) depending on the complexity of your case and due to their expertise in advocacy. Please note that counsel fees below are estimates only but would usually depend on the experience of the advocate.

Simple case Medium complexity case High complexity case
Fee Range * £2,500 – £10,000 £10,000 – £25,000 £25,000 – £45,000
Charge for attending a Tribunal hearing 1 – 2 days (based on £750 – £1,500 per day)£1,000 – £3,000 2 – 4 days (based on £1,000 – £2,000 per day)£2,000 – £8,000 3 – 5 days (based on £1,500 – £2,000 per day)£4,500 – £10,000
VAT £650 – £2,600 £2,400 – £6,600 £5,400 – £12,000
Total £3,900 – £15,600 £12,400 – £39,600 £30,400 – £57,000

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
  • 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 Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee may 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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2 – 16 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 16 – 104 weeks. 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.

Our employment law team/individual details Gabriel Enuezie – Managing Partner

Gabriel is the head of the employment law team and has over 11 years’ experience in employment law specialising in unfair dismissal and other complex areas of employment law. Gabriel qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and has helped many individuals secure appropriate settlement and compensation in their Employment Tribunal claims and has also helped many businesses robustly defend employment tribunal claims.