Employment Tribunal Fees & General Costs

For Inital Advice For Individuals:
We would be delighted to help you and advise you on your employment situation. Like all Employment Law Solicitors, we do not offer free advice, but we do offer a discounted initial fixed fee appointment for £200 plus vat. We also offer other discounted rates for some types of intial work, please ask us about this when you call. Discounted rates can be offered for up to the first 3 hours of work.
For advice on your Settlement Agreement:
The minimum fee for advising you on the terms and consequences of signing your Settlement Agreement is £350.00 plus vat. It is usual for your employer to contribute a minimum of £350 plus vat towards the cost of that. This fee will cover the advice required for reviewing the agreement and advising you on the consequences of signing it. Should any term of the Settlement Agreement need to be negociated, fees for this may exceed the minimum but we won’t be able to give you an accurate indication until we know what needs to be done and the amount of work involved.
Before taking any matter on we are required to deal with our client care and anti-money laundering procedures and in addition to payment of the intial fixed fee, (if this is offered to you) we will require two pieces of ID, that is, a copy of your passport and a recent utility bill confirming your current home address. We will send you our client care letter, terms of engagement and any other regulatory documents we are obliged to send to you. We will arrange to meet with you in order to provide a full assessment of any potential claims, we can at this stage also provide a more accurate indication or estimate of the range of costs for us to take the matter on, advise and support you through any process you are facing and if necessary/appropriate, negotiate with your employer on your behalf.
If you requrie advice on your employment issue and you would like to discuss it with us, please contact us on 01332 558508. 


Employment Tribunal Estimate of Fees and Costs:

For an example of Employment Tribunal Fees and Costs, please see below a table to show how costs are incurred in an Employment Tribunal Claim for a straightforward unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claim.

Where other claims are made such as discrimination or whistle blowing costs are usually increased because of the wider and more complex range of issues that may arise, as well as the number of documents and witnesses.

We would always advise you to consider other funding options which may be available to you through an insurance policy and we will discuss this with you at your first appointment.

Please see below a table that provides an explanation of any acronyms used in Employment Tribunal Claims.

Legal Terms


Form ET1

The claim form outlining your case and the nature of the dispute

Form ET3

The response form when a claim has been made against you

Particulars of claim

Document that sets out the factual detail of your claim, and the legal basis for it.

Making an Unless order

If you do not comply with an order made by the Employment Tribunal you risk losing part (or all) of your claim/response.

Interlocutory applications

A provisional decision given during the course of a legal decision

Further and Better Particulars

A document ordered by the Employment Tribunal that sets out additional details about your claim.

Range of likely costs

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

Simple case:

50 – 90 hours £10000-£18000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case:

120 – 150 hours £24000-£30000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case:

160-180 hours £32000-£36000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend additional interim applications, amend claims or defences or being ordered/required to provide further/additional information about existing claims or defences.
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
  • Making or defending multiple claims/defences or dealing with a remedy or 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 defending or claiming following a dismissal for blowing the whistle on your employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination, which are linked to the dismissal.

Included in the range of costs template are the charges for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1600 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity and number of documents and witnesses in 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 estimated between £1000 to 2500 per day (depending on experience and seniority of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key stages:

The fees set out above cover all of the most likely 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 subject to change);
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation with ACAS 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;
  • Preparing the index of documents for disclosure to the other side;
  • 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 for the final hearing;
  • 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 preparation of instructions to Counsel;
  • Incidental correspondence and telephone attendances.

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee estimate may 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.

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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, unless there are adjournments, your case historically was likely to take 26- 36 weeks, but currently we are experiencing a 15 to 18 month time scale. 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.

Our Solicitors general commercial charge out rates are between - £200 -295 per hour plus VAT. For the purposes of the table we have used our insurance client backed rate of £200 plus vat. So you will need to adjust the figures for non-insurance/private commercial client work rates.

* Clients may wish to instruct Counsel instead of or in addition to your Solicitor. Depending on the representation option chosen there may be additional costs involved for this.

Table Estimate of Costs



Estimated cost



£10,050 - £36,200 plus VAT

Telconf/meeting with client, taking initial instructions/advising client on merits/law, receiving all supporting documents, reviewing and considering. Preparation of letter to client if relevant.

3-6 hours

£600 – £1200

Preparation of Claim/Response Form in terms of liaising with client, reviewing claim and all documentation, producing a draft, including amendments and finalising and issuing a claim or responding with defence online together with completion of ET1/ET3 to the Tribunal

5 - 7 hours

£1000 - £1400

Preparing the Respondent’s list of documents and dealing with inspection (up to 100 pages).

2 - 8 hours

£400 - £1600

Preparation of bundle of documents

2 - 6 hours

£400 - £1200

Exchange of documents

2 - 6 hours

£400 - £1200

Further enquiries

2 - 6 hours

£400 - £1200

Preparation joint index

2 - 6 hours

£400 - £1200

Prep 6x bundles of documents

2 - 16 hours

£400 - £3200

Preparation of witness statements

On the basis that each witness statement will take in the region of 8 hours to prepare, draft & complete (to include the time taken to interview the witnesses) and based on 3 witnesses inc client


Preliminary matters

6-12 hours

£1200- £2400

Scott schedule

6-12 hours

£1200- £2400

Additional disclosure/identifying legal issues to be agreed/assessed by ET

6-12 hours

£1200- £2400

Preparation for main hearing or instructions to counsel and collating all relevant documents

6-20 hours

£1200- £4000

Travel, waiting time and Advocacy at Tribunal hearing

On the basis of a 1 or 2 day hearing with a standard day at Tribunal being charged at 8 hours per day. *

£1600 - 3200

Witness training (one session for all witnesses)

2 hours preparation



2 hours for training session


Miscellaneous issues:
(travel, telephone or email discussions with client/ACAS/tribunal/counsel, opp solicitor/party, preparation of hearing bundle, potential settlement discussions, correspondence with Tribunal ACAS, client and the Claimant/Claimants Rep. Participation in interlocutory hearings not already included.)

15 - 20 hours

£3000 - £4000



£10,050 - £36,200 plus VAT




If you requrie advice on your employment issue and you would like to discuss it with us, please contact us on 01332 558508. 

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