Prices for Employment Tribunals - Dawson & Burgess Solicitors

These prices for employment tribunals are for assistance in relation to claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.


Legal Fees and Disbursements:
Note: Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.

Fees are charged on a private paying basis and will usually vary depending on the complexity of the matter.

Simple case: Average fees are between £1,500.00 and £2,000.00 (excluding VAT).
Medium complexity case: Average fees are between £2,000.00 and £3,000.00 (excluding VAT).
High complexity case: Average fees are between £2,000.00 and £5,000.00 (excluding VAT).

Factors that may affect the complexity of the case include:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.


There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000.00 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would anticipate between 1-2 days depending on the complexity of the case.

For some types of matter we will consider acting for you on the basis of a damages based agreement – this is a type of agreement that enables us to be paid for the legal work we undertake out of any damages you receive in the event that your claim is successful.

Before agreeing to act for you on a private basis, we will discuss with you whether there are other means of funding this matter. It is important that you explore whether you have any insurance policies or trade union or affinity memberships that may provide funding for this type of claim.

Before you instruct us to act for you we will send a letter to you setting out the basis of how we will be charging you.

Likely disbursements will be:
Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,800.00 to £2,500.00 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

What services does this fee include:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and the likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change).
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing your claim.
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.
  • Preparing bundle of documents that we will rely on at the hearing.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements.
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list.
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.


Potential additional costs may be charged for:
Other claims that may be brought (for example a claim for sexual or disability discrimination against your employer).

The experience of the people who may carry out the work for you:
Janice Oxley

The typical timescales and key stages of the purchase transaction:
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-8 months. This is an estimate only and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.