The tables below detail estimated costs for bringing or defending Employment Tribunal claims.  These all exclude VAT (at a current rate of 20%) and any expenses we incur on your behalf and the estimates are the same whether we are acting for an employee or employer or an individual or a business.

The length of hearing in brackets refers to the estimated duration of the main (merits) hearing.  Where proceedings involve more than one of the claims listed below, the price information for the claim lowest down the table will apply.

 Claim type  Simple Case  Medium Complexity  High Complexity
 Wrongful Dismissal

 £8,000 to £12,000 

 (Hearing – ½ day)

 £12,000 to £14,000

 (Hearing – ½ day)

 £14,000 to £16,000 

 (Hearing – 1 day)

 Unfair Dismissal

 £15,000 to £20,000 

 (Hearing – 1 day)

 £18,000 to £25,000

 (Hearing – 1 to 3 days)

 £22,000 to £30,000 

 (Hearing – 3 to 5 days)


 £18,000 to £25,000 

 (Hearing – 1 day)

 £20,000 to £30,000 

 (Hearing – 1 to 3 days)

 £25,000 to £35,000 

 (Hearing – 3 to 5 days)


If, in addition to any of the claims above, you pursue/defend a claim for breach of contract or unlawful deduction from wages, you must add the extra costs detailed in the table below.  This is because there is normally little, if any, overlap in the work required to conduct those claims. 

The cost estimates below also apply if we represent you in a claim involving only breach of contract and unlawful deduction from wages.

   Simple Case  Medium Complexity  High Complexity
Breach of contract or unlawful deduction from wages

 £8,000 to £12,000 

(Hearing – ½ day)

 £12,000 to £14,000 

(Hearing – ½ day)

 £14,000 to £16,000 

(Hearing – 1 day)


Assumptions and estimates that apply to the Employment Tribunal prices

The Employment Tribunal price estimates in the two tables above are based on assumptions including that:

  • The documents to be disclosed and the hearing bundle do not exceed one lever arch folder each (approximately 450 pages);

  • The witness meeting takes place on a single day at our office or within a 30 mile radius of our Horley and Reigate offices and:

    • For cases lasting 1 day or less, there are no more than 2 witnesses and a witness meeting lasting no more than 4 hours; or

    • For cases lasting more than 1 day, there are no more than 4 witnesses and a witness meeting lasting no more than 7 hours;

  • There is no need to request additional information or reply to a request made by the opposing party or Tribunal;

  • It is not necessary to participate in hearings before the main (merits) hearing, except for a single telephone case management discussion lasting up to 1 hour;

  • There are no preliminary issues to determine (for example deposit orders, submissions seeking strike out, jurisdictional points) – preparation for, and attendance at, a preliminary hearing can increase the cost by approximately £2,000 to £3,500 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%);

  • In cases involving disability, then disabled status is accepted and no expert evidence is required;

  • No aspect of the claim asserts personal injury;

  • Mediation is not considered appropriate – separate charges apply for any process of mediation;

  • The Employment Tribunal office hearing the case is in London, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire or Hertfordshire

  • The main (merits) hearing lasts no longer than it is listed for – if it lasts longer or adjourns incomplete to resume at a later date, the case will require extra preparation and additional days of Tribunal attendance, typically increasing costs by approximately £2,500 to £3,500 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) per day;

  • A hearing is not adjourned within 1 week of the listed hearing date, causing duplicated costs;

  • Remedy is determined entirely at the main hearing;

  • No cost applications need to be made or defended.

The price estimates detailed in the tables do not include:

  • Work outside of the assumptions detailed in the bullet points above;

  • Photocopying (25p per sheet), scanning (15p per sheet) and courier/postage costs (prevailing market rates)

  • Accommodation (typically £50 to £150 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) per night), subsistence and travel expenses (public transport and/or taxi charges if appropriate and/or 45p plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) per mile when travelled by private car);

  • Travel time where the location of meetings or hearings falls outside of the radius stated (charged at our normal hourly rates); and

  • Counsel fees (typically a brief fee of £2,500 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) covering preparation and the first day and £1,000 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) for each further day) – please see below.

Employment Tribunal key stages and timescales

Key stages:

  • Taking instructions and reviewing the case papers

  • Early conciliation and pre-claim negotiations

  • Preparation and filing of claim (ET1) or defence (ET3) as well as reviewing the other party’s claim or defence

  • Preparation of (if claiming), or consideration of (if defending), a schedule of loss

  • Participation in any ACAS conciliation or other settlement discussions

  • Disclosure by preparation and service of list of documents with copies

  • Preparation of witness evidence by attending a witness meeting and drafting witness statements

  • Agreeing and preparing a joint bundle of documents

  • Preparation for hearing, including the preparation of any list of issues, chronology and submissions

  • Employment Tribunal Hearing and remedy

Our price estimates are based on these key stages. If a case concludes without some of these stages being reached, for example, due to settlement, this may reduce the cost of the case.


  • If settlement is achieved before proceedings are commenced, then the case may be concluded within approximately 8 weeks.

  • If proceedings are commenced, settlement may be achieved at any time, but typical timescales for a case reaching the main hearing after submission of the claim is as follows:

    • Cases listed for a hearing of one day or less – 6 to 9 months;

    • Cases listed for a hearing in excess of one day – 9 to 15 months.

  • If the outcome requires a separate remedy hearing, this typically adds an extra 3 months.