Employment Costs

Employment Claims

Our hourly rate is £240 +20% VAT.

Our fee for advice on a standard settlement agreement is £500 plus 20% VAT. This fee is usually paid by the employer. Costs of negotiating any change to the amount of the settlement sum is charged at £240 plus 20% VAT and are in addition to the standard fee.

We now rarely offer assistance with claims at the Employment Tribunal. Should we be involved in matters before an Employment Tribunal, our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (not including advocacy costs at final hearing) is as follows:-

Simple case

£4800   -   £7200      (excluding 20% VAT)

Medium complexity case

£7200   -   £12000      (excluding 20% VAT)

High complexity case

£12000   -   £24000      (excluding 20% VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1500 per day (excluding 20% VAT). 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. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees are estimated between £1500-£4000 per day (excluding 20% VAT) for the first day & £1000 – £2000 (excluding 20% VAT) for following days (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

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

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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 based 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 2-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-104 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.

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