Our Fees

Our Charges

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 us. We would be more than happy to discuss your case.

To give you an idea of how we charge however, and to comply the SRA price transparency rules, we have set out below details of our typical hourly rates and fees for unfair and wrongful dismissal claims.

Our charges are made up of:

  1. our fees for the legal work;
  2. disbursements.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to other people, such as fees for a barrister's opinion or help at Court. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Where VAT is referred to below please note that this will be charged at the applicable rate, which is currently 20%.

Our Fees

Our fees will either be agreed with you as a fixed sum at the start of your case or based on how much time it takes to deal with your case. Our hourly rates are typically in the range £375 – £450 plus VAT.

We are required to provide you with information about the potential costs of unfair/wrongful dismissal claims in an Employment Tribunal. We also act on a wide range of other employment law matters which can cost much less.

To give a very general idea of how much our fees (excluding 'disbursements' — see below) tend to be in a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal the ranges tend to be:

As can be seen from the above, the time spent on a case and our costs can vary significantly depending upon how complex a case is. A case is likely to be more complex (and so incur more time) if:

Similarly though, other employment law cases such as employee settlement agreements would be much simpler and cost much less (and may be paid by the employer). Email us if you are not sure what sort of case yours is and we can guide you further.

Key stages of your claim

The examples of typical costs above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of an unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal case:

The stages set out above are an indication only and if some of the stages are not required, the fee may be reduced. Some clients may wish to attempt to handle some parts of a very straight-forward matter themselves and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also reduce the cost if your case is one where we're comfortable that this is a sensible approach to take.

It would not normally be necessary to undertake other work or incur other costs other than those described above. However, we would be very happy to provide you with a more tailored quote for all stages of your particular case once we know about your specific circumstances.


You will need to pay for 'disbursements' in addition to our fees as described above. In an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim the most common disbursements are for barrister's fees. A barrister is often used to represent you at a Tribunal hearing if your case is not settled before this time (which can often occur). Barrister's fees tend to be in the region of £700 plus VAT to £3,500 plus VAT per day depending on their level of experience. We will however guide you on this as and when external costs need to be incurred. An Employment Tribunal typically takes 2 - 5 days (if a straight forward unfair and/or wrongful dismissal claim) but longer if there are additional claims, such as discrimination or whistle-blowing.

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.

How long will my case take?

The time it takes from your initial instructions to the end of your case depends largely on the stage at which it is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim discussions, your case is likely to take 2 - 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take at least a year. This is just an illustration and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information from you and as the case progresses.

Who will be dealing with my case

Your case will be handled by a trusted member of our experienced team. Once we know who will be handling your case for you we will introduce you to them. Full details of the experience and qualifications of our team are available on our profile pages, including the types of work normally undertaken.

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