Employment Law Fees

Employment Services – Unfair and wrongful dismissal cases

Based on an hourly rate of £240 per hour including VAT @ 20%. Hourly rates will be in accordance with the guideline hourly rates approved and published by the Courts. You can find these here.

We are able to agree a Fixed Fee, often called an “agreed fee”. Some examples of the total fee appear below:

Simple case: £6,000 (including VAT)

Medium complexity case: £9,600 – £12,000 (including VAT)

High complexity case: £12,000+ (including VAT)

All cases are subject to an Administration Fee of £36 (including VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • 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)
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

Generally, we would allow a minimum of 1 day for a Tribunal Hearing depending on the complexity of your case.


Disbursements are expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees or Counsel’s fees. We handle the payment of the expenses on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,200 to £3,600 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key stages

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

  1. 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)
  2. Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  3. Preparing a claim or a response
  4. Reviewing and advising on a claim or a response from the other party
  5. Exploring settlement and negotiating a settlement throughout the process
  6. Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  7. Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  8. Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  9. Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  10. Preparing a bundle of documents
  11. Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  12. Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  13. Preparation and attendance at a 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.

Alternative Funding Options

At our first meeting, we will check with you about any other means of funding the matter, which may include any pre-existing legal expenses insurance you may have. We will discuss in more detail our fees and give you an estimate of the fees involved.

A Conditional Fee Arrangement (no win no fee) may be available to clients who are claimants. This will depend upon the merits of a case and will be dependent upon the individual facts. a CFA will always be explained and agreed with you in writing.

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 15-30 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 30-52 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.

Who Will Handle My Case

In all cases, our matters are supervised by a Senior Solicitor or Partner of the firm. This is typically a solicitor of 10 years + qualified experience. Your case will be allocated to a qualified Lawyer. You will be notified in writing of a named Caseworker and Supervisor who will be your points of contact and will manage the case for you.