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Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal - guideline costs

Simple case: Typically 25 – 50 hours of our time resulting in costs of between £7,500 - £15,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: Typically 50 – 70 hours of our time resulting in costs of between £15,000 – £21,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: Typically 70 – 100 hours of our time resulting in costs of between £21,000 - £30,000 (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 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
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £300 per hour of attendance day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow for 8 hours attendance per day, with a typical Tribunal Hearing lasting 2-3 days depending on the complexity of your case. This would result in costs for our attendance of £2,400 plus VAT per day and therefore between £4,800 plus VAT for a 2 day hearing and £7,200 plus VAT for a 3 day hearing. We will agree with you whether solicitor and/or Counsel attendance is required.


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 brief for attending the first day a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation) is typically between £1,500 - £3,000 plus VAT (depending on Counsel’s seniority) and between £750 – £1,500 plus VAT for each subsequent day of attendance (known as a refresher). Where Counsel is instructed to carry out work on documents (for example to draft details of the claim, or details of the response) or to meet with you in conference, we will obtain estimates of Counsel’s fees for your approval before any costs are incurred.

Key stages The fees set out above cover all of the 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 where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Managing the preparation of your claim or response (typically the drafting work may be carried out by Counsel instructed by us on your behalf)
  • 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 with input from Counsel
  • 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 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.

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 - 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take x-x 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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