Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employees

To help you understand the process and the potential costs involved, this page covers our pricing structure for bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal. 

We understand that it is important for you to understand how much it will cost you to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal and to do this in the most cost- effective manner.  This is why we have set out below our typical range of prices for this work.  

You have a limited period of time (3 months less a day and subject to the ACAS pre-action conciliation process from the matter about which you are complaining) in which to issue your claim in the Employment Tribunal. That will mean you must instruct us as soon as possible because there is often quite a lot of work to be done before a formal claim can be prepared and filed. 

Before a claim can be issued in the Tribunal, you must first go through a process of pre-action conciliation with ACAS to explore settlement and we can advise you at that stage in order to perhaps avoid a claim being issued at all.

The Department

The Employment department is headed by Claire Darby who is a qualified solicitor and Partner.  Lorna Valcin is solicitor with significant experience in all employment law matters.  Her work is supervised by Claire Darby, as Partner in charge.

Fee Structure

Stage 1 - Initial fixed fee 40-minute appointment - £180 plus VAT

If further time is required for the initial fixed-fee meeting, then this will be based on the time spent at the fee earner’s hourly rate.  Lorna Valcin’s current hourly rate is £265 plus VAT.

Stage 2 - £265-£530 plus VAT

Advising and assisting in the ACAS pre-action conciliation

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing any initial documentation.

Stage 3- £530-£1,060 plus VAT

  • Considering with you the circumstances giving rise to your potential claim and taking your detailed instructions on the allegations
  • Advising you on the potential claims and the merits;
  • Preparing a formal claim form.

Stage 4 - £530-£1,060 plus VAT

  • Going through any response to the claim
  • Responding to the Tribunal Agenda;    
  • Attending any preliminary hearing.

Stage 5 - £1,060-£2,120 plus VAT   

  • Dealing with the different directions made by the Tribunal at the preliminary stage;
  • Preparing your Schedule of Loss
  • Preparing and agreeing a list of issues or casting list for witnesses;
  • Collating documents for the evidence to be relied upon;
  • Dealing with disclosure of documents to the Respondent;
  • Interviewing potential witnesses and preparing draft witness statements;
  • Finalising the hearing bundle and witness statements.

Stage 6 - £530-£795 plus VAT

  • Final preparations for the hearing to include
    • Exchanging witness statements with the Respondent
    • Advising on the other side’s witness statements;
    • instructing a Barrister to advocate on final hearing if necessary.

Stage 7 - £265-£530 plus VAT

  • Dealing with any settlement proposals or COT 3 agreement via ACAS.

Factors that might affect our pricing

Each case is of course different and some more complex than others depending on the circumstances and so there are many factors which might affect our fees.  Those factors might include:

  • The number of allegations (different claims);
  • The seriousness of the claims;
  • The amount of documentation that might be relevant;
  • The number of potential witnesses;
  • The use of a Barrister;
  • The number of hearings;
  • The length of any final hearing and our attendance at the same;
  • The need to appeal at any stage of the proceedings;
  • Whether the case settles at any stage and at what stage of proceedings.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Barrister/Counsel's fees estimated between £200 to £250 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).  Counsel also charges a fixed fee on delivering the Brief which is likely to be between £500 to £750 plus VAT.

Time Scales

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 ACAS pre-action conciliation before a claim is issued, your case is likely to take approximately 4 weeks unless extended by another 2 weeks if close to settlement at the initial 4-week stage. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take around 5-7 months depending on what it is issued, the length of any final hearing and any additional preliminary hearings and also the availability of the Tribunal to hear it.

This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.