Costs for bringing or defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

a. Simple case: £3500-£5000 (excluding VAT)

b. Medium complexity case: £5000-£10000 (excluding VAT)

c. High complexity case: £10000-£20000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

a. If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim;

b. Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person;

c. Making or defending a costs application;

d. Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)

e. The number of witnesses and documents

f. If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer

g. Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as tribunal/court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Disbursements can include Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,250 to £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). Disbursements can also include fees for expert reports, such as medical reports from occupational health, and this could cost between £200 – £400 depending the level of complexity of the medical condition in question.