Employment Law Advice for Employees and Guide to Legal Costs

Life as an employee has become much more complex. These days you’re more likely to find yourself in dispute with your employer. Or perhaps you’ll need to negotiate a set of employment terms and conditions that suit you. Whatever your circumstances, you need professional advice that takes your situation into account sensitively, vigorously protects your interests, and provides good value for money.

We can help. A leading nationwide firm of solicitors specialising in employment advice, we are ranked highly in the major independent UK legal directories,Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. So whether you need help with unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, employment contracts, bullying or other employment issues, then you can trust us to provide the best advice.

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We would be delighted to meet you in person, but we understand that this can be difficult. So, providing we have access to all the relevant documentation, we can set up a telephone conference at a convenient time to discuss your case. Following the initial discussion, we will normally be able to let you know your rights, the merits of your claim and likely costs. We can then provide ongoing advice and support, act on your behalf in discussions with your employer and represent you at tribunal or in court.

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Employment Tribunals: information on pricing and the solicitors in our specialist team

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £7500-£15000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £12,000-£20000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £20,000-£60,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • 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
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1500 to £4000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case. However, please note that, apart from some preliminary hearings we will usually instruct counsel (a barrister). We refer to their fees under the next heading.


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 (barristers ) fees estimated between £1200 to £40000 for preparation including the first day in tribunal and then £600 to £6000 per day for each additional day at the Tribunal hearing (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. In addition (with your agreement) we may ask a barrister to review your case and advise in conference and or review witness statements. The cost of a conference would be in the range of £600 and £4000 depending on the amount of preparation required at that stage. Review of witness statements would be likely to be in the range of £600 to £7000.

Key stages

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 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 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 and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

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 my matter 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 case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-18 months. 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. It should also be borne in mind that there are some periods when Employment Tribunals takes longer in dealing with cases because of the availability of Judges and other staff. A complex multi day case may take even longer than 18 months.

Next steps

If you would like to find out more about how we can help, please call 020 7426 4900 to talk to a solicitor or e-mail info@thomasmansfield.com. We can’t provide specific advice on your matter before you become a client, but we can give you an honest assessment of whether you’d benefit from a follow up appointment. Naturally, everything you tell us will be treated in complete confidence.

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