We offer an initial appointment to assess an employment case and advise in writing after the appointment at a fixed fee of £120.00 plus VAT at 20% which is £24.00 totalling £144.00.


If you are an employee there should normally be no charge to you as the employer will be expected to contribute to your costs to obtain a valid Settlement Agreement.

(In exceptional cases the work involved may be more than the amount of contribution, but you should not have to pay more than £250 plus £50 VAT at 20% (totalling £300.00) and £500 plus £100 VAT at 20% (totalling £600.00) out of any compensation that you receive). If negotiations break down and a Settlement Agreement is not achieved, you will be billed for the work that we have done at £240 per hour plus VAT at 20% which is £48.00 making a total hourly cost of £288.00.

If you are an employer, to prepare a Settlement Agreement our charges will normally be in the range of £250 plus £50 VAT at 20% (totalling £300.00) and £750 plus £150 VAT at 20% (totalling £900.00) depending upon the complexity (and you will need to budget to pay a contribution to the employee’s solicitors’ costs, conventionally between £250 plus £50 VAT at 20% (totalling £300.00) and £500 plus £100 VAT at 20% (totalling £600.00).

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Simple case: £500 plus £100 VAT at 20% (totalling £600.00) and £1,000 plus £200 VAT at 20% (totalling £1,200.00 plus VAT) – no hearing at Tribunal

Medium complexity case: £1,000 plus £200 VAT at 20% (totalling £1,200.00) and £2,000 plus £400 VAT at 20% (totalling £2,400.00 plus VAT)– plus hearing day rate – see below – one hearing at Tribunal

High complexity case: £2,000 plus £400 VAT at 20% (totalling £2,400.00) and £4,500 plus £900 VAT at 20% (totalling £5,400.00 plus VAT) – plus hearing day rate – see below

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 £900 plus £180 VAT at 20% (totalling £1,080.00) per day – 5 hours hearing to £1,250 plus £250 VAT at 20% (totalling £1,500.00) per day – 7 hours hearing. Generally, we would allow 1 – 3 days depending on the complexity of 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.

If you decide to use a Barrister the Barrister’s fees are estimated between £850 plus £170 VAT at 20% (totalling £1,020.00) and £2,000 plus £400 VAT at 20% (totalling £2,400.00 plus VAT) per day (depending on experience of the advocate) 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 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 Final Hearing, (including instructions to a Barrister if it is decided to use one rather than a solicitor dealing with the hearing.

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 6 – 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12 – 26 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.

Have a look at our price transparency document here

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