Employer Tribunal Costs

Defending claims for unfair or constructive dismissal

At Tayntons we are aware of how employee situations can affect a business. If you are facing an Employment Tribunal claim then you should seek legal advice. We make it our job to relieve the stress and pressure you are currently facing.

Fixed fee consultation

We offer a fixed fee initial consultation of £150 +VAT (£180) for 45 minutes. During this meeting, our team will take details of your potential claim and advise on whether it is a claim we would take on.

Our fees

Our fees are based upon the time we spend carrying out all the work that is required to defend a claim from an employee or reach a resolution prior to a claim being lodged. The time spent will include all the meetings we have with you and others as well as time spent draft letters and documents, attending hearings, telephone calls and travelling.

We charge according to our hourly rate of £230 per hour (+ VAT) and estimate that it will take in the region of 30 – 50 hours work from responding to a claim to a full hearing.

We can handle the full process for you.  Our estimated costs for each stage of defending a Tribunal claim are set out in the table below:

Stage of Process

Time Estimate to complete work

Costs Estimate

Early Conciliation Process

Up to 2 hours

£460 + VAT

Receipt of Grounds of Complaint- initial review of claim

Up to 2 hours

£460+ VAT

Drafting Grounds of Response, detailing your case and the nature of the dispute and responding to claim and submitting with the Employment Tribunal

Between 4 and 6 hours (provided client provides chronology and all documents required)

£920 – £1,380 +VAT

Reviewing documents and providing merits of claim

Between 3 and 5 hours(based on maximum of 1 lever arch of files)

£690 -£1,150 +VAT

Reviewing schedule of loss

0.5 hours

£115 + VAT

Preparing counter schedule of loss

2.5 hours

£575 +VAT

Preparing disclosure

3 hours

£690+ VAT

Review of Claimant’s disclosure and updating merits if required

Up to 4 hours

£920 +VAT

Preparing joint bundle of documents

Up to 3 hours

£690 +VAT

Liaising with other side and Employment Tribunal including any relevant applications to Employment Tribunal

Up to 4 hour

£920 +VAT

Drafting Witness Statement, including meeting with client

Up to 10 hours

£2,300 + VAT

Instructing Counsel

Up to 2 hours

£460 + VAT

Settlement Discussions (if appropriate)

Up to 3 hours

£690 +VAT


£9,890 -£10,810 +VAT

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of 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 on your individual needs.

How long will the claim take?

The time that it takes from your initial instructions to the final resolution of the matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case is likely to take 3-6 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, the case is likely to take between 6-12 months from when the claim becomes defended. 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 a matter progresses.

If the matter does not go to Final Hearing, your costs will reflect what stage your matter reaches and you will only pay for the work carried out.

Factors that could make the case more complex include:-

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims against litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if the employee was dismissed after blowing the whistle on the employer


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 are estimated at between £750 to £1,000 per day (depending on the experience of Counsel) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). There may be other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy and this will be discussed in the first initial meeting.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Why choose Tayntons?

Tayntons’ employment lawyers offer practical, empathetic support for all aspects of the Tribunal process in Gloucester and throughout Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean and further afield.

Our team has over 15 years of experience in delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to Employment Law. There are two fee earners in the employment team who may work on your matter Regardless of who works on your matter; they will be supervised by Joanne Thompson (Partner), Head of Litigation.

Tayntons has achieved Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society, recognising the strength of our practice management and client care. We are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal and professional standards.

Get in touch with our employment team in Gloucester

Need help with any bringing or defending a claim in an Employment Tribunal in Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean or anywhere in Gloucestershire? Please contact us today by calling 0800 158 4147, emailing us at info@tayntons.co.uk or requesting a call back.

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