Employment Law

Employment Tribunal Legal Fees

Our Fees

Employment tribunal claims can be complex and stressful, which means it can be expensive especially if not handled properly.

There are often time limits to making or responding to these claims.

Our pricing depends on the complexity and nature of the case. Our pricing is likely to range from the following:

Simple case such as a negotiated settlement – between £2,500 and £10,000 plus VAT.

Medium complexity case such as an unfair dismissal based on discrimination – between £10,000 and £20,000 plus VAT.

High complexity case such as a constructive dismissal – between £20,000 and £50,000 plus VAT.

These are estimates based on the experience of the fee earner. Hourly rates are from £130 per hour to £409 per hour depending on the expertise of the case handler.

VAT is added to all our fees.

What makes a case more complex?

There are multiple reasons why a case might be more complex, here are some of the reasons:

  • Make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants.
  • Making or defending a cost application.
  • Complex preliminary issues which could include disagreement between parties of disability.
  • The number of witnesses or documents included in the evidence.
  • Where there is an automatic unfair dismissal claim that involve aspects like blowing the whistle.
  • When allegations of discrimination are featured in the dismissal.

If we are needed to attend a tribunal hearing then it is charged at £250 plus VAT per day.

Disbursements

Fees for specialist counsel range from £800 to £2,000 plus VAT. It may be higher than this depending on the experience of the counsel and the complexity of your case. Before agreeing fees with counsel we get your authority on the quote. These fees are outside our legal fees.

There are likely to be further costs including court fees to third parties. Our team make you aware of any other disbursements in advance should we be required to seek expert reports, witness statements etc. We collect fees from yourself and pay the third parties on your behalf.

What does our legal fee include?

The following key stages of your claim are included in our fees:

  • 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

Some of the above may not be required and fees are adjusted accordingly.

If you only want advice around an aspect of the case we can quote on an individual basis.

How long could my tribunal case take?

If the case proceeds to a full tribunal then it could take up to a year. The courts are under resourced and therefore can be difficult to get a date for your case to be heard.

If your case settles then it is likely to be within three and six months.

These timescales are dependent on how quickly we receive information and how quickly your ex-employer responds.

What is VAT and when is it due?

VAT is chargeable if it meets the following criteria, it must:

  1. be a supply of goods or  services
  2. be a taxable
  3. take place in the UK
  4. be sold by a VAT registered person, and
  5. be made through business activity.

VAT is applicable at the standard rate, 20%, on our services should the criteria be met. If VAT is due on any disbursements we will inform you prior to agreeing the fee.