Employment Tribunals Pricing Information

We undertake work connected with Employment Tribunals 

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: (e.g breach of contract) average fee £3,500 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: (e.g unfair dismissal claim average fee £6,500 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: (e.g. discrimination claim) average fee £10,000 (excluding VAT)

Please note that the above is a fee estimate only. It is not an agreement to a fixed fee. We do give preferential rates in certain circumstances.

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 and/ or against a number of parties
  • 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
  • A number of different clams being brought at the same time.
  • Difficulty taking instructions and/ or changing your instructions or acting differently from the original basis of instruction.
  • You adopting an unreasonable position during negotiations or seek terms which are unlikely to be agreed or conceded.
  • Other parties involved and their advisers not co-operating and/ or not acting reasonably.

Additional costs for attending a Tribunal Hearing representation by Barrister will apply and vary depending on the complexity of your case, the hearing duration and the level of experience of the Barrister. Average additional costs of this nature are between £750 and £3,000


Disbursements are costs related to your matter including but not limited to those that are payable to third parties, such as court fees, as well as costs such as our travel expenses and photocopying charges and registered mail/couriers where appropriate . We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process and we will invoice you for those disbursements.

Services included in the cost and the 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
  • 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 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 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 on your individual needs.

How long will my case 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.

ACAS early conciliation may last up to 4 weeks and can be extended by up to 2 weeks by the ACAS conciliator where they believe that there is a reasonable prospect of reaching settlement by the end of the extended conciliation period and both parties agree.

If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, a typical 2-day unfair dismissal hearing, the average time for Employment Tribunal cases is approximately 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 and as the matter progresses.

For more information on the employment tribunal system please visit: https://www.gov.uk/courtstribunals/employment-tribunal 

For more information on bringing a claim see: https://employmenttribunals.service.gov.uk/apply

For more information on what to do if you are being taken to an employment tribunal please see: https://www.gov.uk/being-taken-to-employment-tribunal-by-employee

Our Commercial Team

Our team has many years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to employment.

We have 5 members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Jonathan Leach, Director and Head of our Dispute Resolution Department.


Stuart Maher Watson Ramsbottom Solicitors
Stuart Maher
Operations Director and Solicitor
WR Solicitor & Director Jonathan Leach
Jonathan Leach
Solicitor & Director
Claire Egerton
Director & Solicitor
Sharon Tait
Associate Solicitor
Dana McIlwaine
Associate Solicitor
Sanya Motorwala
Associate Solicitor
Isra Rahman
Hannah Laher
Mellisa Garswood
Zara Ganchi