Employee Tribunal Costs

For bringing claims for unfair or constructive wrongful dismissal

At Tayntons we are aware of how stressful workplace situations can be for you. If you feel you are being treated unfairly by your employer then it is time you sought legal advice. You are within your rights as an employee to seek legal support without it affecting your position at work. We make it our job to relieve the stress and pressure you are currently facing.

Fixed fee consultation

We offer an initial consultation of up to 45 minutes for a fixed fee of £150.00 +VAT (£180.00). 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 costs

Our fees are based upon the time we spend carrying out all the work that is required to bring a claim against your employer 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 drafting letters and documents, attending hearings, telephone calls, and travelling.

We charge according to our hourly rates of £240.00 per hour plus VAT (£288 per hour) and estimate that it will take in the region of 30 – 50 hours work from lodging a claim to a full hearing.

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

Stage of Process Time Estimate to complete work Costs Estimate (including VAT)
Early Conciliation Process Up to 2 hours £552
Grounds of Complaint, detailing your case and the nature of the dispute and submitting to the Employment Tribunal Between 4 and 6 hours (provided client provides chronology and all documents required) £1,104 – £1,656
Reviewing documents and providing merits of claim Between 3 and 5 hours(based on maximum of 1 lever arch of files) £828 – £1,380
Drafting Schedule of Loss 2.5 hours £690
Reviewing response submitted responding to your claim and advising client on the contents of this response. 2 hours £552
Preparing disclosure 3 hours £828
Review of Respondent’s disclosure and updating merits if required Up to 4 hours £1,104
Liaising with other side and Employment Tribunal Up to 4 hours £552
Drafting Witness Statement, including meeting with client Up to 6 hours £1,656
Instructing Counsel Up to 2 hours £552
Settlement Discussions (if appropriate) Up to 3 hours £828
  Total: £9,246 – £10,350

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 your claim take?

The time that it takes from your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 3-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 months from when your claim is submitted. 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 the stage your matter reaches and you will only pay for the work carried out.

Factors that could make your case more complex include:-

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or provide further information about an existing claim
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £500 per day plus VAT (£600 including VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case.


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 plus VAT (£900 – £1,200 per day including VAT), depending on the experience of Counsel, for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Our team has over 9 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.

There may be other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy and this will be discussed in the first initial meeting.

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  Alex Lyttle, is an experienced solicitor with over 15 years’ experience specialising in employment law, will look after the claim for you. Alex builds long-lasting relationships with his clients, putting them at ease despite the seriousness of the situations at hand. He is 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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To contact us please call 0800 158 4147 or 03330 145451 or email info@tayntons.co.uk

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