We regularly advise employees on Employment Tribunal claims, Settlement Agreements and all other aspects of employment disputes. Our clients include everyone from directors and senior executives through to entry-level workers.
As an employee, you have rights under the law that employers must respect. If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital. This will allow you to get a clear picture of whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.
Our employment lawyers offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best available outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.
Our expert team have years of experience, so have almost certainly dealt with similar situations to the one you are facing. We will explore all the options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities.
We know that value for money and overall costs really matter when pursuing an employment claim, so will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. This way, you can be confident we are handling matters for you in a cost effective and efficient way.
If you decide to make an Employment Tribunal claim, we can offer expert advice in handling Employment Tribunal proceedings and appeals. Our team can provide the robust arguments, skilled judgment and lateral thinking needed to prepare your case and achieve the best outcome.
Whether you wish to settle a claim or pursue it at a tribunal we will advise you on the best strategy for you and any additional fees involved.
We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.
Every case is different; there are different issues in each case. A case can be heard over one day, but depending on the issues in the case and the number of witnesses; a case can be heard over a week or longer in more complex cases. Shorter simple cases will naturally be less expensive than longer more complex cases.
The work that is included in our fee:
- Drafting the Employment Tribunal application form
- Filing claim with the Employment Tribunal
- Review and advise on the Employers Response form
- Drafting and finalising witness statements
- Preliminary Hearing (Case Management)
- Preparing a Schedule of Loss
- Preparing a List and bundle of documents and disclosing to Employer
- Review documents received from the Employer
- Preparing or finalising a bundle of documents for use in the Tribunal hearing with the Employer
- Instructing a Barrister to represent you in a final hearing at the Employment Tribunal
- Dealing with you, the Employment Tribunal, the Employer or their representative and ACAS throughout the matter.
Range of Costs
Simple case defined as:One day hearing with two witnesses attending.
Our fees £5,000 - £8,000
£1,000 - £1,600
£6,000 - £9,600
Medium complex case defined as:Two day hearing and more than two witnesses.
Our fees £10,000 - £12,000
Barristers Fees: £5,000 for day one plus £1,500 - £2,000 for each additional day
£2,000 – £4,400
£12,000 - £14,000
High complex case defined as:Three or more days hearing and more than two witnesses attending.
Our fees £15,000 - £20,000
Barristers Fees: £7,500 for day one and £1,500 to £2,000 for each additional day
£2,000 – £4,400
£12,000 - £14,000
* These are not fixed fees and the cost will vary depending on the details of each case and once we assess your case, we provide you with more concise estimates for work. You may have legal expenses insurance cover for the costs of an Employment Tribunal claim.
If your claim were to be settled at any time during the proceedings this would affect the overall cost to you.
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 (barristers) fees for attending a Tribunal Hearing are estimated in the table above (this includes preparation and will vary depending on the experience of the advocate).
Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex
In the event that the issues become more complex, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity, and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
The work that is not included in our fee:
- Initial advice, review of merits of the claim
- Pre-action negotiation with Employer
- ACAS Early Conciliation
- Remedy Hearing (if not dealt with in the Final Hearing)
- Interim applications/Preliminary Hearings which arise during the claim either made by you or the Employer or ordered by the Employment Tribunal
- Re-listing of hearing and work related to a new hearing if a final hearing is postponed by the Employment Tribunal, you or the Employer
- Advising on or dealing with an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (made by you or the Employer)
- A second hearing if the first hearing is not completed within the time given by the Tribunal when the parties have to return to the Tribunal to complete the hearing
- Discrimination claims or claims other than unfair dismissal/wrongful dismissal.
The factors which may increase costs
- Multiple day hearings (more than one day)
- Multiple witnesses
- Unexpected applications made by either party during the claim, e.g. an application to strike out, an application for costs or application for adjournment of a hearing
- The hearing is postponed and re-listed at the request of you, the Employer or by the Employment Tribunal
- Multiple claims for example an unfair dismissal, sex/race or disability discrimination or breach of contract all brought at the same time.
- The hearing is not completed within the timeframe given by the Employment Tribunal, and the parties have to return to the Tribunal for a further hearing
- Barristers fees for advice or representation in the Employment Tribunal will be in addition to our fees.
A one-day Employment Tribunal claim could take 6-12 months from the issue of the claim to a final hearing and is entirely subject to when an Employment Tribunal can hear the case. In the South East and London regions, cases can take at least six months to be listed for hearing. Other Employment Tribunal regions may vary.
Key stages in an unfair dismissal claim include:
- Starting ACAS Early Conciliation on time
- Filing the Claim with the Employment Tribunal
- Review and assess the Response (defence)
- Prepare the case for hearing
- Preliminary Hearings
- Witness Statements
- Final Hearing
- Remedy (order for compensation)