Our pricing for bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims.

As an indication of the likely charges:

Simple case: £3,000-£6,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £6,000-£12,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £12,000-£35,000 (excluding VAT)

Some very complex cases may exceed these costs.

Hourly rates vary depending on who is dealing with your case and its complexity – please email us to provide a detailed cost for your case.

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).


Disbursements are out of pocket expenses and costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.

Counsel’s fees are usually the main disbursement costs in Employment Tribunal cases and are estimated between £750 to £5,000 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key stages of an Employment Tribunal Claim

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

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits, strategy 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 statement
  • 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 the stages above are not required, our fees will be adjusted to reflect this. 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 according to your individual requirements.

Alternative Funding

It may be that you have some form of Legal Expenses cover that will fund the legal costs and disbursements involved in bringing or defending this type of claim. For an employee, this may be available to you under your household insurance or motor policy or as a feature of a premium bank account. You may belong to a Union that offers a legal assistance scheme.

If you are an employer, you may have cover through membership of a trade or professional organisation you subscribe to.

We will discuss any options that may be open to you at your first appointment.

No Win-No Fee Agreements

We do not act under No-Win No Fee arrangements.

If you have any questions or would like a specific estimate of costs for a case please contact us.