Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employees

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Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employees

As an employee, you have rights under the law that employers must respect. If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital. This will allow you to get a clear picture of whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.

Our employment lawyers offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best available outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.

Why GL Law?

Our expert team have years of experience, so have almost certainly dealt with similar situations to the one you are facing many times. We will explore all the options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities.

We know that value for money and overall costs really matter when pursuing an employment claim, so will provide you with a range of estimates and keep you updated on costs at all times. This way, you can be confident we are handling matters for you in a cost effective and efficient way.

If you decide to make an employment tribunal claim, we can offer strong experience in handling Employment Tribunal proceedings and appeals. Our team can provide the robust arguments, skilled judgment and lateral thinking need to prepare your case and achieve the best available outcome.

Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal we will advise you on the best strategy for you and any additional fees involved.


Our fees for bringing claims 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 as an individual you may have insurance which can cover your legal fees.

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:

  • Filling out and submitting a claim form outlining your case to the relevant Tribunal centre
  • Reviewing your former employer’s response to the claim
  • Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
  • Reviewing any Orders made by the Tribunal
  • Making any further applications to a Tribunal 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 (across both parties) in addition to yourself, 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 (across both parties) plus yourself 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 (across both parties) plus yourself, 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 an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • Attendance at conference(s) with Counsel
  • Mediation
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal

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 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 your claim
  • Reviewing and advising on the 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
  • 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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