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Costs for Employment Tribunals

We have set out below a fee estimate of our likely charges for running an unfair dismissal and/or wrongful dismissal employment tribunal claims for you individually.

The estimates are broken down into the four areas of a typical employment tribunal claim.

For more information on the key stages of an employment tribunal, click here.


Legal Fees Table

Stage Legal fees (£)
1: ACAS early conciliation £1,500-£3,000 plus VAT
2: Submitting ET1 or ET3 claim form £2,000-£3,000 plus VAT
3: Management directions £3,000-£4,000 plus VAT
4: The hearing £3,000-£5,000 plus VAT

Barrister Fees Table

Barrister Experience: 1-5 years Barrister Experience: 10 - 15 years Barrister Experience: 15 years plus
Half day preliminary hearing £500 £1,200 - £1,500 £2,000
Full day preliminary hearing £900 £2,000 £3,000
1 day final hearing £900 £2,000 £3,000
2 day final hearing £1,750 £4,250 £5,500
3 day final hearing £2,500 £6,000 £7,500

Tribunal Fee FAQs

It is important to note that it is up to an employment tribunal judge to decide how long a claim for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal will take to be heard in an employment tribunal. More complex claims of unfair dismissal/wrongful dismissal (such as those claims relating to automatic unfair dismissal for whistleblowing) are likely to take much longer for an employment tribunal to hear than a more straightforward unfair dismissal claim for redundancy, for example. You should also be aware that the above table with the estimate of our fees is based on an employment tribunal final hearing of between 1 and 3 days. If your tribunal matter is listed for 4 or more days, it is likely that we will have to separately advise you as to our fees as longer hearing normally mean more complex cases.

The top table does not include representation at any preliminary hearing or a final hearing. We will instruct an experienced barrister at the right level for the complexity of your claim to represent you at a preliminary hearing and if necessary a final hearing. Before we instruct a barrister we will agree their fee with you and to give you visibility of what these fees may be we have added in the above Potential Barristers Fees table.

The tables of our fees are only an estimate. No two employment tribunal claims are the same. Factors in any employment tribunal claim you wish to bring against your employer which would not fall within the above fee estimate table include:

  • Non-unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal (see above for further information).
  • Employment tribunal claims which progress to the Employment Appeal Tribunal or higher court.
  • Where you as an employee are part of a multiple claimant claim against your employer.
  • Where you are a claimant in a claim with a trade union or a body of elected representatives.
  • The fee estimate table above assumes that there will only be 1 preliminary hearing. If there are any additional preliminary hearings we are likely to need to review our fee estimate.
  • If you want us to become involved in ACAS early conciliation (this is where both parties try and settle a dispute before it gets to an employment tribunal) we will gladly help you but will charge for this separately.
  • If your employer counter-claims against you in its defence (for example it says that you as its current or ex-employee still owe it money) this is likely to result in a revised fee estimate.

Normally in straightforward unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal employment tribunal claims there are no third party fees to be paid (such as court fees or experts’ fees). The only third party fees you are likely to have to pay your barrister’s fees, mentioned above.

If, however, your unfair dismissal claim relates to issues for example about your health or your final salary pension you may have to pay additional third party fees. These are likely to take the form of a contribution (probably half) of the fees payable to a medical expert to give expert opinion on your health or a pensions specialist. Like your barrister’s fees, we will help you appoint a suitable expert or specialist (if necessary) and agree their fees with you in advance.

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