Employment Law Costs Estimates regarding Employment Tribunal claims

Our costs estimates for issuing a claim or a response to a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

  • Simple case: £600 – £800 plus VAT
  • Medium complexity case: £800 – £1,200 plus VAT
  • High complexity case: £1200 – £2,000 plus VAT

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 upon 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 starting from about £1,800 to £2,000 per day plus VAT for a 2-day case and increasing dependant upon the complexity of the case and length of the Hearing.


In a complex case, we may instruct counsel (a barrister).   Counsel’s fees are subject to confirmation depending on the experience of the advocate for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

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

Key stages

After issue, there follow many subsequent steps in the preparation of the claim for trial.   It may be that we are able to reach a settlement of your claim at any time.

The key stages of the process include:

  • 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 a claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from another 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 a bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing on 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 costs may be lower.   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.

Costs for this work will depend on the time taken at the hourly rate of our fee-earner dealing with the case.   Depending on the complexity of the case, this work could take between 20-30 or even more hours to complete.   We can give a better estimate in your case once we have performed an initial case assessment.