Employment Tribunals Pricing

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Our overall fees vary depending upon how complex your case is and what you would like us to do. For a free quote specifically tailored to your circumstances please email kimcross@vinelaw.co.uk or call Kim Cross on 01945 898090.

To give you an idea of cost, however, we have set out below details of our typical hourly rates and fees for unfair and wrongful dismissal claims.

Our Charges

Our charges are made up of our fees for the work we carry out, and disbursements which are expenses payable to other people, such as fees for a barrister. Where VAT is referred to below please note that this will be charged at the applicable rate which is currently 20%.

Our fees will usually either be agreed with you as a fixed sum at the start of your case, or we will work on an hourly rate. Where we charge an hourly rate, overall cost will depend on how much time it takes to deal with your case. Our standard hourly rates are £270 plus VAT.


In some cases, we can offer no-win-no-fee type agreements, or act for you under your policy of insurance. If this applies to you, we will provide you with further detail at the start of your case.

As a general guide, our fees for either bringing or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal (unless we agree otherwise) would be:

Simple cases: £5,000 to £10,000 (excluding VAT);
Medium complexity cases: £10,000 to £18,000 (excluding VAT);
High complexity cases: £18,000 to £35,000 (excluding VAT).

A case is likely to be more complex (and so incur more time) if:

there are multiple hearings or the final hearing is over a number of days;
either party is acting as a litigant in person;
there are complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties) or whether the claim should be struck out;
it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim such as a dismissal following a protected disclosure (whistleblowing); or
we need to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim;
it is necessary to make or defend a costs application or an application for an interim award;
the number of witnesses and the amount of documents;
there are allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

Other employment law cases such as employee settlement agreements would be much simpler and cost much less (and may be paid by the employer). Call us on 01945 898090 if you are not sure what sort of case yours is and we can guide you further.


You will need to pay for ‘disbursements’ in addition to our fees. In an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim the most common disbursements are for barrister’s fees. A barrister is often used to deal with a Tribunal hearing if your case is not settled before then. Barrister’s fees tend to be in the region of £750 to £2,500 plus VAT per day. We will however guide you on this as and when external costs need to be incurred.

Other costs to consider

Normally you do not have to pay your opponent’s costs in an employment claim but we will guide you further if we feel that you are at risk of this at any stage.


Unless your case settles earlier, Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal will take somewhere between 6 to 15 months to complete from the time the claim is issued until judgement is received.

However, the Employment Tribunals are currently affected by very significant delays and in our experience, some cases are taking up to a year or even longer to get to a listed hearing.

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Our purpose is to offer more choice, more certainty, and an effortless client experience. You are welcome to get in touch with us for a chat about how we can help you.
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