Pricing for bringing Tribunal claims - unfair or wrongful dismissal

Our pricing for bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will depend on the nature and complexity of the case including the length and number of any hearings.


The hours needed to be spent on a case will vary depending on the individual case but the hours required will range from:


Simple case: 15 hours to 25 hours

Medium complexity case: 37.5 hours to 75 hours

High complexity case: 75 hours to 200 hours


Costs for bringing Tribunal claims are charged on an hourly rate basis of £300 per hour (including VAT) for a solicitor with 20 years’ experience. VAT is charged at 20%.


The likely total costs involved for bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will range from:

Simple case: £4,500 – £7,500 (including VAT)

Medium complexity case – £11,250 – £22,500 (including VAT)

High complexity case – £22,500 – £60,000 (including VAT)


Factors that could make a case more complex


  • Poorly drafted response requiring requests for further information
  • Bringing claims involving multiple employers e.g. employer and individual harassers or 2 employers or more in a TUPE transfer case
  • Bringing claims against employers acting as litigants in person (i.e. no legal representation)
  • Vexatious or highly aggrieved employers and/or individual witnesses
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed) or defending strike out applications
  • Not defending a claim from the the outset i.e. where the claimant has acted without representation
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • The need to instruct expert witnesses e.g. medical, financial or forensic experts
  • If special rules apply to the unfair dismissal e.g. whistleblowing or TUPE dismissals or health & safety dismissals
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal hearing of £1,125 per day (including VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 – 10 days depending on the complexity of your case and the amount of evidence/ number of witnesses related to the case.


Disbursements & services not included


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable by you to third parties, such as court fees or experts fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process but we will usually require money on account to cover those costs before instructing the third party on your behalf.


Services not included relate to the following:


Advocacy at a final hearing or complex preliminary hearings – likely to be Counsel as an expert in advocacy to maximise prospects


Counsel’s fees estimated (as an average per day) between £1,125 to £5,250 (including VAT) per day (depending on experience of the advocate i.e. newly qualified barrister up to Queen’s Counsel) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)


Expert evidence including medical reports/ notes or other expert reports e.g. an actuary for pension loss or recruitment expert for mitigation arguments or GP, consultant doctor or occupational health expert in disabiity discrimination cases – all separate disbursements.


Costs will vary depending on the nature of the disbursement and the experience/qualifications/pricing policy of the doctor or expert and whether they are VAT registered or not (if so, VAT will increase the charge by 20%)


Broadly, a range of costs are likely to be in the region of:


GP’s letter – from £75 to £200


Consultant psychiatrist report – (£400 per hour) – 8 to 12 hours (the extent and complexity of the patient’s medical history will be a key factor) from £3,200 to £4,800


Services included in the price & key stages of a matter


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


  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the case papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change as the progresses)
  • Entering into early conciliation where this is mandatory (or advisable) to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing a formal claim to be filed with the Tribunal
  • Reviewing and advising on the response filed by the respondent
  • Exploring settlement and if appropriate, conducting settlement negotiations throughout the process
  • Preparing and serving a schedule of loss for the claimant and reveiwing/advising on the merits of a counter-schedule of loss where appropriate
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing unless complex where a barrister is instructed
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a hearing bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing hearing bundle (& copies)
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of isses, a chronology of events and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication of the likely stages involved in a Tribunal case but if some of the stages above are not involved, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to deal with the claim yourself and only seek our advice on an “as required” basis in relation to some of the stages. This can be arranged depending on your needs and objectives.


How long will the case take?


The time it takes to bring a Tribunal claim from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of the case depends largely on the stage at which the case is resolved. If a settlement is reached before a claim is issued (e.g. during early conciliation), the case is likely to take 2 to 8 weeks. If the case proceeds to a Final Hearing, then it is likely to take 12 to 20 months depending on listing availability for the relevant Tribunal. This is just a broad estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matters progresses.


Experience & Qualifications – employment law – summary


Ian Carey


  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2000
  • Full member of the Employment Lawyers Association since 2000
  • Worked in private practice (regional law firms) and in-house in London (insurance sector)
  • Set up Careys Law in 2014
  • Head of employment law and supervisor at Careys Law (self-supervise)
  • Represents both Claimants & Respondents in a broad range of employment law matters
  • Extensive experience in settlement agreements & on referral list as employee legal representative (Multinational IT Company)

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