Costs for Unfair Dismissal & Wrongful Dismissal Claims

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair and/or wrongful dismissal

All our solicitors have extensive experience in advising on employment tribunal matters. Fees are usually time-based, charged at our normal hourly rate of £250 plus VAT.

Key stages

Employment Tribunal cases are rarely alike and so we provide estimates of costs on a case- by-case basis, before starting work for you and at key stages of a matter which include:

  • 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 ACAS 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 representation at Final Hearing, and/or preparing instructions to Counsel where Counsel is instructed
  • Enforcement

You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice or assistance in relation to some of the stages.

Typical Costs

Every case is different but typically the costs of bringing or defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will be as follows:

Simple case: £3,000 – £8,000 (plus VAT)

Medium complexity case: £7,000 – £15,000 (plus VAT)

High complexity case: £10,000 – £30,000 (plus VAT)

With our employment tribunal caseload, most claims settle without the need for a full hearing. If the case settles early, this will result in a significant cost saving.

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
  • Cases involving constructive dismissal

The typical costs set out above would usually include the costs of our attending and representing you at a Tribunal Hearing.

Disbursements (costs payable to another person or organisation)

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 would like us to instruct Counsel (a barrister) to represent you at a hearing, Counsel’s fees will be payable by you in addition. Before instructing Counsel we obtain estimates of costs from Counsel’s clerk and your agreement to those costs. Counsel’s hourly rates vary widely depending on their experience.

In recent years court fees have been payable on Employment Tribunal claims but at present no fees are payable.

How long will my matter take?

Employment Tribunal cases are rarely alike and so we provide estimates of time on a case- by-case basis, before starting work for you and at key stages of a matter.

Every case is different but typically the time taken to resolve claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will vary widely depending on a number of factors including whether the claim settles early in the proceedings, and whether the case is listed for a single day or multi-day hearing. How soon the case is listed for hearing will also vary from tribunal to tribunal. If a settlement is reached during ACAS pre-claims conciliation, your case is likely to take between 1 – 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 – 52 weeks, although this is just an estimate.