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Employment Tribunal Costs

Price and services notice for unfair or wrongful dismissal

The costs for our services are calculated mainly by reference to the amount of time spent on your matter.

An estimate of our pricing for bringing and defending claims for tribunal claims, such as unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal or discrimination (including attendance at a Tribunal Hearing) is:

  • Simple case: between £15,000 – £20,000 + VAT (a total of £18,000 – £24,000);
  • Medium complexity case: between £20,000 – £30,000 + VAT (a total of  £24,000 – £36,000);
  • High complexity case: from £30,000 + VAT (from £36,000).

These estimates are in respect of our fees. Disbursements that may also be chargeable would be in relation to Counsel’s fees for representation at the Hearing and a conference call with them ahead of the Hearing. The costs will depend on the length of the case and are likely to be as follows:

1 Day Brief fee£2,000 – £2,500 + VAT (a total of £2,400 – £3,000)
2 Days Brief fee£2,750 – £3,250 + VAT (a total of £3,300 – £3,900)
3 Days Brief fee£3,250- £4,250 + VAT (a total of £3,900 – £5,100)
4 Days Brief fee£4,500- £5,000 + VAT (a total of £5,400 – £6,000)
5 Days Brief fee£6,000 – £7,000 + VAT (a total of £7,200 – £8,400)
5 Days plus Brief feeTo be discussed on a case-by-case basis and in excess of £7,000 + VAT (a total of £8,400)
Refresher feesGenerally in the region of £1,500 + VAT per day (a total of £1,800)
Preliminary Hearings
  • Telephone Case Management Preliminary Hearing 1 hour- £750 + VAT (a total of £900)
  • Telephone Case Management Preliminary Hearing 2 to 3 hours- £1,250 to £1,500 + VAT (a total of £1,500 – £1,800)
  • Half day substantive Preliminary Hearing – £1,750 to £2,000 + VAT (a total of £2,100 – £2,400)
  • Full day substantive Preliminary Hearing- £2,000 to £2,500 + VAT (a total of £2,400 – £3,000)
Remedy, Judicial Mediation and other Interlocutory HearingsTo be discussed on a case-by-case basis

A “brief fee” is the cost of preparation for the Hearing and the cost of “Day 1” representation. The “refresher fee” is the day rate for each subsequent Hearing day.

Some typical factors that might make a case more complex:

  • Where 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;
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

These fees cover the work in relation to the following key stages of making or defending 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 a Final Hearing.

The stages set out above are just 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.

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your case 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 up to 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 6 and 24 months. 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.

The following fee earners deal with tribunal claims, such as unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal or discrimination:

Rebecca List, Solicitor and Partner

Rebecca has over 15 years of experience in employment matters. Rebecca specialises in a number of areas, including settlement agreements, unfair and wrongful dismissal, Employment Tribunals, TUPE and redundancies and has vast experience working with both individual and corporate clients.

Rebecca qualified as a Solicitor in 2009, having worked in the Tollers Employment Team since 2007.  She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Rebecca charges £300 + VAT per hour (a total of £360).

Amy Edwards, Solicitor and Partner

Amy is a Partner in the Tollers employment team. She provides practical and commercial advice to businesses on all areas of HR  and employment law, specialising in complex restructures, reorganisations and business transfers.

Amy qualified as a Solicitor in 2008, and has worked as part of the Tollers Employment Team since 2022.  She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Amy charges £300 + VAT per hour (a total of £360).

Gabriella Croxford, Solicitor

Gabriella specialises in a number of areas, including settlement agreements, unfair and wrongful dismissal, Employment Tribunals, TUPE and redundancies and has worked with both individual and corporate clients.

Gabriella qualified as a Solicitor in 2020, having worked in the Tollers Employment Team since 2017.  She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Gabriella charges £225 + VAT per hour (a total of £270).

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