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Employment unfair dismissal

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £5,000 - £7,500 (excluding VAT). Medium complexity case: £7,500 - £10,000 (excluding VAT). High complexity case: £10,000 plus (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a 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 applications prior to a final hearing
  • Making or defending a cost application
  • Dealing with disputed Preliminary issues
  • The number of witnesses
  • The volume of documentation

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of approximately £750 - £1,500 per day (excluding VAT) where required. This depends on the complexity of a case and the seniority of the fee earner involved.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such medical or, court fees.

Counsel's fees are estimated between £1,000 - £2,500 (excluding VAT) per day for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation (depending on experience of the advocate, and the location of the hearing). (Additional sums in respect of travel expenses may also be payable, charged at the actual costs).

Key stages

The fees set out above cover 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 is subject to change depending on the progression of the matter)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation via ACAS, (unless already competed) which is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing a Claim or Response
  • Reviewing/advising on the Claim, or Response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Complying with all Orders/Directions given by the Employment Tribunal, to include:
    • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
    • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing, where required
    • Exchanging documents with the other party and preparing document lists
  • Preparing a bundle of documents Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list, if directed to do so
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication of the usual stages of the Employment Tribunal process, however, dependant on the complexity of a case, not all stages will be necessary, and as such fees will be reduced accordingly.

If you wish to handle the claim yourself, and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages, this can 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 approximately 2 - 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20 – 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. Again this will be dependent on various factors, including the type of case being pursued and its complexity.


Our employment team is made up of a number of solicitors, all of whom have at least 6 years’ experience, and is supervised by a partner who has over 25 years’ experience.