Details of Costs, Services and Timelines for Employment Tribunals

We act for both employers and employees.

The details and circumstances surrounding employment tribunals are complex and can vary from case to case.  The fees involved also therefore vary and so the costs outlined below are approximations based on our experience.

Thomas Dunton’s own fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are:

Simple case: up to £8,000 (+VAT)
Medium complexity case: up to £15,000 (+VAT)
High complexity case: over £25,000 (+VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:
• If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
• Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
• 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
• Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
• Lengthy factual history extending over more than 3 months

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £2,000 (+ VAT) per day.  Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Alternatively, you can engage us on an ‘as and when’ basis for advice on specific issues at an hourly rate of £150 – £225 (+ VAT) depending upon value, complexity and urgency, eg:

• Liability
• Evidence
• Value

At your initial meeting with one of our solicitors we will also discuss your funding options, such as no win, no fee or where you have existing cover under an insurance policy.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter in addition to our own fees above, that are payable to third parties, such as experts.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process, but you would be liable for them.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £2,000 to £5,000 (+ VAT) per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
• Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and 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 claim or response
• Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from other party
• Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
• Dealing with Disclosure of Documents and preparation of Statements
• Drafting Schedule of Loss
• Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
• Preparing bundle of documents
• Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
• Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, or instructing Counsel

How long will my matter take?

The time 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 earlier by negotiation, your case is likely to take 2-4 months.  If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 6-12 months.  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.

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