Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employers

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Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employers

If an employee has raised an issue or made a claim to an employment tribunal, it is essential to have the right expert advice to protect your business and reputation.

Our expert employment lawyers can guide you through each step of the process of dealing with an employment dispute, removing as much stress and uncertainty from the situation as possible. We can help you secure the best available outcome for your business as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible while minimising any negative impact on your commercial interests.

Why GL Law?

Our expert team have years of experience handling both straightforward and highly complex employment disputes at every level, from negotiation and early conciliation through to Employment Tribunal hearings and Employment Appeal Tribunals proceedings.

We appreciate that getting the right result is only one of the concerns when dealing with an employment dispute – protecting your reputation and making sure the matter is dealt with efficiently are often just as important. We therefore tailor our approach to your priorities, making sure we resolve your matter in way that works for you and your business.

Value for money and overall costs are important factors for any business, so we will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. That way you can budget appropriately and be confident that we are handling your case cost-effectively.

Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal, we will provide an honest assessment of the situation and commercially-focused advice to make sure you are pursuing the best strategy for your business.


Our fees for defending claims brought against your business for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you.

We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example, using any commercial legal expenses insurance your business is covered by.

There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.

Factors that may influence this include the need for:

  • Responding to a claim that has been made against you
  • Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
  • Responding to Orders made by the Tribunal
  • Any applications to a Tribunal we need to make on your behalf
  • Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required

One or more of GL Law’s specialist employment team will work on your matter.  Our pricing is based on the time spent at the relevant team member’s hourly rates. Our hourly rates in the employment and business support team vary as follows;

  • Directors: £290 + VAT (Total incl. VAT: £348)
  • Senior Associates: £235 + VAT (Total incl. VAT: £282)
  • Trainee Lawyer: £120 + VAT (Total incl. VAT: £144)

We may in some circumstances agree different hourly rates depending on a number of factors in particular the value and complexity of the matter. We also offer fixed fees as part of our arrangements for certain specific identified work.  If we have agreed a fee based on hourly rates, you will be charged for each 6 minute unit of work undertaken. If we have agreed a fixed fee, you will be charged the agreed fixed fee amount regardless of how long the work takes to complete.



Cost/Range of Costs



Simple case defined as: a hearing lasting up to 2 days, both parties being legally represented, up to 3 witnesses in total plus the Claimant, witness statements of no more than 5 pages per witness (typed and double spaced) and no more than 300 pages of documents.

£5,000 – £12,000

£1,000 – £2,400

£6,000 – £14,400

Medium complex case defined as: a hearing of 3 to 5 days, both parties being legally represented, up to 5 witnesses in total plus the Claimant and no more than 600 pages of documents.

£12,000 – £20,000

£2,400 – £4,000

£14,400 – £24,000

High complex case defined as: a hearing of 6 days or more, 6 or more witnesses plus the Claimant, more than 600 pages of documents.

£20,000 – £50,000

£4,000 – £10,000

£24,000 – £60,000

Please note that the above costs do not include Solicitors’ costs for attendance at a tribunal hearing or barristers’ fees should it be necessary to instruct a barrister (Counsel).


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.

Counsel’s fees (estimated):

  • Simple Case: £2,400 incl VAT
  • Medium Complexity case: ‘Brief Fee’ (normally includes preparation for the hearing and the fee for the first day spent in the tribunal: £3,000 incl VAT with ‘Refresher’ fees (covering each subsequent day in the tribunal) £1,200 incl VAT
  • High Complexity case: Brief fee £4,200 incl VAT; Refresher fees: £1,800 incl VAT per subsequent day.

The exact amount a barrister will charge depends upon the preparation needed and the seniority of the barrister.

Exclusions and factors which may make a case more complex

In the event that the issues become more complex, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • 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
  • Attendance at conference(s) with Counsel


If the claim relates to an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if an employee claims they were dismissed after blowing the whistle on your business

If the claim involves allegations of discrimination

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.

Most employment tribunal claims settle before the final hearing. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks. These timescales are just an estimate and are often dependent upon when the tribunal is able to hear your claim.

We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Key milestones

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 the merits of the claim being brought against you and likely compensation an Employment Tribunal might award if the claim is successful (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 response to the claim
  • 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
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation for a Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged based upon your individual needs.


Work will be carried out by the members of the Employment Team whose profiles you will find here:

Nick Jones

Cecily Donoghue

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