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Employment Tribunal: Claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barrister’s fees to provide advice or attend Tribunal Hearings. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Barrister’s (or counsel’s) fees vary depending on the complexity of the claim and the experience of the barrister but are estimated to be between £750 plus VAT for a junior barrister, £3,500 plus VAT for a barrister who has 10-15 years experience and up to £10,000 plus VAT for a KC per day.

Overall, the cost for attending a Tribunal Hearing will vary depending on the barrister’s experience and will include preparation of the case beforehand.

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

The stages set out above are an indication of how the claim could progress. If some of the stages set out 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 may be possible and is something that we can discuss with you.

How long with my claim take?

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 claim is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your matter is likely to take 8-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your claim is likely to take 39-52 weeks. 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 as the overall timescale will be affected by which Tribunal is hearing the claim and how many other claims they are dealing with at the same time.

Other funding options

Other funding options may be available to you to enable you to bring or defend a claim. If you are an employee and are a member of a trade union, your trade union may support your claim. Alternatively, you should check to see if you have any legal expenses insurance already in place that may cover some or all of the costs involved in bringing or defending a claim. This is something that we can discuss with you at an early stage.

Next stage

Dealing with Employment Tribunal claims can be complex so if you have any questions in relation to the information provided above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.