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Employment Law for Individuals - Our Fees

Solicitors in Essex & London

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

Simple case: £6,500 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £15,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £25,000 (excluding VAT)

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 or bringing claims that are brought by litigants in person (where the claimant or respondent acts without legal representation).
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Where a preliminary hearing is required to determine issues including strike out orders or issues of fact.
  • 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.
  • Where there are other claims being brought alongside the unfair/wrongful dismissal claim i.e. allegations of discrimination.
  • Obtaining medical evidence, actuarial advice or expert advice.
  • Multiple claimants or respondents.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing which is dependant on the nature of the hearing and the complexity of your case. Please see disbursements below.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Counsel's fees estimated between £500 to £1,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate and the nature of the hearing) for preparing for and attending a Tribunal Hearing.

Key stages

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

  • Counsel's fees estimated between £500 to £1,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate and the nature of the hearing) for preparing for and attending a Tribunal Hearing.
  • 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
  • Prepare list of documents for disclosure, exchange of documents with the other party and review of the documents provided
  • Agreeing and Preparing a bundle of documents
  • Prepare for (including completing agenda for case management Hearing) and attend preliminary Hearing) if instructed to do so.
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Prepare instructions to Counsel to attend final Hearing
  • Prepare for final 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 between 1 to 3 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take up to 12 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.


There are a number of ways in which your liability for legal fees and expenses may be met. This includes:

  • Legal expenses insurance
  • Damages-Based Agreement
  • Trade union funding

Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss our costs and answer any questions which you may have in respect of the same. We can also give you an honest assessment of whether you would benefit from advice and discuss in general terms your options before you become a client.

Find out more with a free initial Employment Law consultation

We understand that speaking to a solicitor for the first time about issues relating to pay or bonus disputes can be a difficult and stressful experience. Our expert employment solicitors in Essex and London will be happy to undertake an initial interview over the telephone to provide you with some general legal advice. This will enable you to determine what the best next steps are for you to take.

Free initial telephone consultations are available at any of our offices located in Brentwood, Hornchurch or Upminster, or at our office facilities in Leigh-On-Sea and Canary Wharf, London.

Our Employment Law accreditations include:

Legal 500 2017 - Leading Firm

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