Tribunal Costs

Stacey Cox heads up the Employment team, Stacey is a qualified legal executive lawyer with over 17 years’ experience in employment law matters. Her hourly rate is £310 plus VAT charged at 20%. Stacey is supported by Nazia Kausar, a Solicitor, who has 16 years’ experience dealing with employment law matters and Harriet Gardner, Solicitor, who has experience in multifaceted, complex, cases including allegations relating to unfair dismissal, discrimination, and whistleblowing. Both Nazia and Harriet’s hourly rate is £220 plus VAT charged at 20%. Dylan Friend is a trainee solicitor at this firm who is currently working in the Employment team. Dylan's hourly rate is £180 plus VAT charged at 20%.

The complexity of bringing or defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal can vary significantly from case to case. For this reason, we have set out below a range of fees for cases of low, medium, and high complexity together with additional guidance on the sort of factors that can make a case more complex.

Our fees for bringing and defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

Simple case:                            £3,366 – £5,610 plus VAT charged at 20%

Medium complexity case:        £4,488 – £8,976 plus VAT charged at 20%

High complexity case:             £7,860.60 - £14,586 plus VAT charged at 20%

Factors that could make a case more complex:

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £750 per day plus VAT of £150. A typical Tribunal Hearing can take 1–5 days, depending on the complexity of the case.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as, expert’s fees and barrister’s fees (called Counsel’s fees).

If instructing a barrister to represent a client at a full one-day employment tribunal hearing the average cost per day could be between £1,250 - £1,750 per day. VAT is charged in addition at 20%. Costs may vary depending on the type of case, the complexity of the case and the seniority of the barrister used.

There will be an administrative charge of £12 plus VAT charged at 20% per client/beneficial owner at the outset of the matter in order for us to complete our anti-money laundering checks in compliance with regulatory requirement.

Key stages

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

These stages are an indication. Some of the stages may not be required in your claim and, if that is the case, our fees will be reduced (within the range of fees above). You may wish to handle the matter yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your 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 to 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 6 to 18 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.

If you have any questions, or if you wish to make an enquiry online please click the 'contact us' button, or alternatively you can speak to our Employment team by calling us on 0114 266 6660.

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