We advise on all aspects of employment law, from individual grievances to corporate restructuring. We offer a responsive service to meet your individual or business requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner.

• Employee incentive and share option schemes
• Advice on employment aspects of business sales and purchases including restructuring and TUPE
• Drafting and implementation of HR policies
• Negotiating and drafting service agreements for directors and senior employees
• Grievance and disciplinary procedures
• Breach of contract
• Equal pay
• Dismissal
• Employees’ rights and entitlements
• Claims in the Employment Tribunal and County Court
• Compromise Agreements

Clear Pricing Information

Our pricing for bringing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal, if the claim proceeds to trial:

Simple case: (excluding VAT) from £5,000 to £7,000 plus VAT

Medium complexity case from £7,000 to £10,000 plus VAT

High complexity case (eg discrimination, whistleblowing): £10,000 upwards plus VAT

It is difficult to be more precise as each case is different.  However in our experience the majority of claims settle before trial.

Estimates are based on an hourly charging rate of £200 plus VAT.

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make an application to amend the claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • 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


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

For a hearing before an employment tribunal you may need to use the services of a barrister (often referred to as Counsel).

Counsel’s fees would be from about £1,200 plus VAT to £2,000 per day (depending on experience) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

 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 early conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing the claim
  • Reviewing and advising on the 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 for Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel to represent you at the Tribunal

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 early conciliation, your case is likely to be resolved within 2-4 weeks.  If your claim cannot be settled and proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-9 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.

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