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Crystal clear pricing – Employment Tribunal Legal Fees

How much will it cost to bring or defend an employment claim?

We recognise that Employment Tribunal cases are varied and with a range of potential costs and damages.

We work with both individuals who want to bring claims against their employer or employers defending claims by employees.

Our work is based on the time it takes to deal with the claim (if you are bringing the proceedings) or response (if you are defending the claim).

Before starting any work, we will discuss your requirements and take time to understand the background to the case. This will allow us to give you an estimate of our legal fees.

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Examples of Employment Tribunal legal costs

Our pricing offers good value for the extensive service and experience we offer. To give you an idea of the costs involved, we have provided two case studies from cases we have dealt with. One is relatively simple and the other more complicated.

Unlike some other employment advisers we are able to provide our own advocacy service from within the Employment & HR Team. We also instruct barristers to conduct advocacy where appropriate.

Case study one: acting for an individual

Type: Employment Tribunal – Unfair Dismissal

Details: Mr A and Mr B refused to obey an instruction from their employer. They were both dismissed and bring claims for Unfair Dismissal. They claim damages of £70,000.

Our client: Mr A

The case: takes six months to get to hearing. Preparation involves the collating and review of evidence, preparing witness statements and attendance at the Tribunal for one day with advocacy (to represent Mr A at the hearing) also provided.

Our fees (including advocacy): £15,000 plus VAT.

Case study two: acting for an employer

Type: Employment Tribunal (Whistleblowing, Equal Pay, Automatic Unfair Dismissal, Worker Status, Holiday Pay, Ordinary Unfair Dismissal)

Details: Mrs A is dismissed for dishonesty (theft). She claims over £200K in damages.

The Employment Tribunal orders two Preliminary Hearings (one for case management (2 hours) and another to determine employment status (2 days). The case is also subject to a three day full ‘merits’ hearing to determine the outcome to the claims overall.

Our client: the employer; a large automotive manufacturer.

The case: takes 12 months to get to a final (merits) hearing. Preparation involves the collating and review of evidence, preparing witness statements and attendance at the Preliminary Hearings and a full Tribunal hearing with advocacy also provided.

The outcome is successful for the employer.

Our fees (including all advocacy): £50,000 plus VAT

Fixed or capped fees

We are happy to agree a fixed or capped fee for some matters. This offers greater cost certainty from an earlier stage in the proceedings.

Hourly rates for employment cases

While rates may vary between different members of Employment & HR Team typical hourly charge out rates are as follows (subject to VAT):

Employment solicitor or Paralegal Hourly rate
Partner £350
Senior Associates £280
Associate £250
Solicitors £175 – £200
HR Consultant £180
Trainee solicitor £165
Paralegals and other non-qualified staff £165

VAT & disbursements

Our fees and some disbursements are subject to VAT at 20%. Disbursements are charges payable in addition to our fees, normally to a third party. They can include fees payable to the Land Registry, barristers or search providers. The amount charged for the disbursements depends upon a number of variables so we will be able to advise you of the correct charges when we have further information from you.

Contact an employment solicitor

If you would like to learn more about how we can support your business, please contact a member of our team directly or by calling 0800 652 8025.

Clarke Willmott has offices in BirminghamBristolCardiffLondon, ManchesterSouthampton and Taunton. We provide UK employment law and HR advice to businesses in the UK and internationally.

Your key contacts

Marc Long

Head of Employment and HR Team/COFA

Southampton and London
Marc Long is the Head of Clarke Willmott’s Employment and HR team specialising in TUPE and outsourcing.
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