Employment Tribunal (range of costs)
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal.
- Simple case: £4,500-£8,000 (excluding VAT)
- More complex case: £7,500-£16,000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- Allegations of discrimination or whistleblowing
- Multiple parties
- Constructive Dismissal claims with large numbers of grievances
- Defending a case where a Response has not been entered in time
- Dismissals linked to the sale or transfer of a business
- Cases which are likely to require multiple preliminary hearings to determine issues such as whether a claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- 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
- The number of witnesses and documents
- New/additional information or evidence
- Large numbers of witnesses or significant volumes of evidence
We assume a reasonable amount of time obtaining your instructions and dealing with third parties.
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,500 per day (excluding VAT) and travel costs. Generally, we would allow 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees and travel. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees estimated between £1,000 to £2,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). Counsel fees must be negotiated and agreed at the time and are not set by us.
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 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 1-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 35-52 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.