Price Transparency

The cost of representation at tribunal depends on the complexity of the case: *complex cases involving more than one claim, several witnesses and a lot of documents will, inevitably, cost more than routine or straightforward cases that concern one single claim, fewer witnesses and less documentation.

What is involved in taking a case to tribunal?

Representing an employer:  An employer defending a claim from an employee for unfair dismissal or discrimination will have to invest more time and money than the employee, even if the case is straightforward. This is because more people are involved (in the investigation and hearing stages) and an employer will have more contractual documentation to be reviewed. Employers also need to remember when defending a discrimination claim that, if the tribunal finds against them, compensation payments are uncapped.

Representing an employee: An employee bringing a case for unfair dismissal or discrimination is likely to have less contractual paperwork to sift through and there are usually fewer witnesses involved (for instance those carrying out the investigation will appear on behalf of the employer, not the employee). Therefore, the overall cost may be lower than that for an employer; nonetheless the complexity of the issues involved will determine the final cost.

The example fees set out below cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of the 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 claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and arranging representation at) 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 and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The prices outlined below are indicative only

Complex cases

Straightforward case£6,000£9,600
Medium complexity case£8,500£12,000
High complexity case£12,000£24,000
The above prices exclude costs payable to a third party, such as a barrister. The disbursements payable will be the use of counsel (barrister) to attend the tribunal. Barristers’ rates vary according to their experience but, on average, are approximately £1000 (excluding VAT) per day.
Timescales On average it takes approximately 12 months from lodging a claim to the tribunal hearing but this timing is wholly dependent on the directions set by the Tribunal and the hearing date. The tribunal will list the hearing and cases can be listed  for  1 – 5 days (or more) depending on the number of witnesses and complexity of the claim before it.
Face to face review meetingPrice (including VAT)
Initial meeting to discuss the scope of claim, including review of documents prior to the meeting.£425

You can find out more about the status of your claim, and what constitutes fair process, by checking the Acas Code of Practice on the Acas website

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