Employment Tribunal Prices

Each and every employment tribunal case is different. Send us an email or call 01202 525333 for an estimate or fixed fee based on your individual case and needs.

Our employment tribunal pricing examples are for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal. These prices are based on working through from an initial meeting to a full employment tribunal hearing. The vast majority of tribunal cases settle before the final hearing, meaning that costs would be lower than the ranges we’ve provided below. These costs are based on privately paying. 

There are a few other funding options which we can discuss with you; for example fixed fee quotes for sections of the work to prepare for a tribunal, whether you have legal expenses insurance to cover your costs through an insurance policy, or whether we can act for you on a “no win, no fee” basis (usually under a damages based agreement).

Simple case: £250.00-£1,000.00 (£300.00 – £1,200.00 incl VAT)

Medium complexity case: £1,000.00-£6,000.00 (£1,200.00 – £7,200.00 incl VAT)

High complexity case: £6,000.00-£25,000.00 (£7,200.00 – £30,000.00 incl VAT)

Factors that could make a employment tribunal 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 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
  • If it is a constructive dismissal claim e.g. you resign because your employer has treated you badly or breached your contract
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will also be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing. Generally, we would allow for 1-5 days depending on the complexity of your case.


Disbursements are the costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties (such as court fees). Our expert team handles the payment of the disbursements on your behalf, to ensure a far smoother process.

Counsel’s fees are estimated between £750.00 to £3,000.00 per day (depending on experience of the advocate), for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key stages in employment tribunal claims

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a employment tribunal claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits, likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change), realistic settlement and next steps
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation using ACAS where this is mandatory and/or directly communicating with the employer to explore whether a COT3 or settlement agreement can be reached;
  • Preparing open letters to the other party to protect your position e.g. resignation, grievance, or appeal of dismissal
  • 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 either in person or over the telephone
  • Communicating with the other party and employment tribunal
  • 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 and conference with Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication, meaning that if some of these stages are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may also wish to handle the claim yourself, and only seek our advice and guidance in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged based on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking on 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 or directly with your employer, your case is likely to take 1-6 weeks. 

If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks. This is, however, only 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.

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