Employment Tribunal Claims – Employer

As a firm we charge based on hourly rates which are reviewed annually. 

Our experienced solicitor who provides advice and representation to employees and employers in relation to bringing and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal in relation to unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal (or the County Court in regard to some cases of wrongful dismissal) is:

  • Neil Johnson – Senior Associate Solicitor                  Hourly rate £205 plus VAT

Neil has a joint honours degree in Economic History and Geography from the University of Glasgow and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Westminster.  Having been called to the Bar in 2003, Neil cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2008.  Neil has Higher Rights of Audience, which allows him to represent his clients as a solicitor-advocate in the Senior civil courts of England and Wales.  He has been accepting instructions in employment matters for the past 3 years, in which time he has advised about 30 employees in contentious employment matters.

Whilst we generally charge our clients on a private fee paying basis, there may be other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy.  We will discuss your funding options when we first take your instructions.

The information on this page focuses on defending Employment Tribunal claims brought by employees.

Our primary aim is to obtain the best and most cost effective result we can for our clients.

In summary our likely fees for bringing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal are as follows:

  • Simple Case: £6,000 - £9,000 + 20% VAT
  • Medium Complexity Case: £9,000 - £17,000 + 20% VAT
  • High Complexity Case: £17,000 - £25,000 + 20% VAT

The following are factors which add to the complexity of a case:

  • Responding to a claim against brought by an employee who is not represented by a lawyer;
  • Making an application for costs;
  • Where the parties do not agree, asking the court to decide preliminary issues such as whether a claimant is disabled;
  • The number of witnesses and volume of documents;
  • If the dismissal is for an automatically unfair reason such as for whistle-blowing;
  • Where allegations of discrimination or personal injury (including psychological harm) are included in the claim.


These are costs which are incurred during a matter which are payable to third parties, such as to an expert for medical report or for a barrister (often referred to as Counsel) to represent you at a hearing.  These payments are made by us but the cost will be passed onto you.  It is generally our practice to require funds on account of these costs to be transferred to us before confirming instructions to the third party.

We will always advise you of the level of these costs and receive your authority before such costs are incurred.

Counsel’s fees are generally between £500 and £3,000 + VAT per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing and between £750 and £2,500 + VAT for advice and drafting during the course of the proceedings. 

Key Stages

The fees summarised above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim with an indication of time in brackets:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on the merits and likely compensation (whilst an initial step, your matter will be reviewed throughout your instructions so our preliminary view may be subject to change) (4 weeks);
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether early settlement can be reached (4-8 weeks);
  • Reviewing the claim and advising on the response (4 weeks);
  • Considering and responding to the schedule of loss (4 weeks);
  • Preparing for and attending any Preliminary Hearing (8-12 weeks);
  • Exchanging documents with the employee and preparing the bundle of documents (often called disclosure) (6 weeks);
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their contents with witnesses (4-8 weeks);
  • Reviewing the employee’s witness statements (2 weeks);
  • Preparing the trial bundle (4 weeks);
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list (4 weeks);
  • Preparation for and attendance at the Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel (8-12 weeks);
  • Exploring and negotiating settlement throughout the proceedings.

The stages above are an indication and if some of the above stages are not required, the fees incurred 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 be arranged according to your individual requirements.

On average the period of time between receipt of instructions and the final hearing is between 12-18 months.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact us today

01462 458711
Welwyn Garden City
01707 887 700
0203 327 9001