Our fees cover all of the work required to advise you on pursuing a claim of unfair dismissal against your employer.


Legal fees range from £25,000 to £40,000 plus VAT (currently at a rate of 20%) and disbursements depending on:

  • the complexity of the claim,
  • the volume of documents,
  • the number of witnesses / witness statements; and
  • the length of the hearing for which the case is listed.

The fee estimate does not include any Counsel’s fees which would be chargeable as a disbursement. This disbursement would include Counsel’s advocacy at the substantive tribunal hearing. Nor do the fees include advising in connection with the employer’s internal procedure, typically appeal against dismissal, or any advice during ACAS Early Conciliation.

How long will it take for the matter to reach tribunal?

How long it will take for the case to reach tribunal will depend on the above factors.

Proceedings will typically have to be issued in the Employment Tribunal within a period of three months less one day from the date of dismissal (not including the pre-claim ACAS conciliation procedure which can extend the normal time limit by up to one month).

Once proceedings have been issued, the case will typically take 6 to 12 months from when proceedings have been stamped and sent out by the Tribunal to reach a substantive hearing.

Negotiation of a possible settlement will generally take place in two phases:

  1. Following the dismissal (but before proceedings have been issued); and
  2. After proceedings have been issued

Stages of the process

The typical stages in the Tribunal process will generally be as follows:

  1. Take your instructions
  2. Send out initial letters confirming we are instructed
  3. Review documents / correspondence
  4. Preliminary assessment of merits and quantum
  5. Prepare and issue draft proceedings
  6. Prepare for and attend any preliminary / case management hearings
  7. Prepare case according to Tribunal directions, including schedule of loss, exchanging lists of documents, document disclosure, prepare witness statements and trial bundle for the hearing
  8. Conduct any “without prejudice” discussions throughout
  9. Brief Counsel for liability and remedy hearing
  10. Attend hearing
  11. Review decision and implications (including possible appeal).

* Our fee assumes that:

  • There is a consolidated hearing on liability and remedy
  • There are no additional claims e.g. whistleblowing or discrimination
  • There are no material preliminary issues to be decided e.g. employee status, jurisdiction
  • All claims will be pursued in the Employment Tribunal (not in the County Court or High Court). The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal in the ET is £83,682. There is also a basic award based on length of service, age and a capped weekly pay figure. The maximum basic award is £15,240.
  • You will not appeal against the Tribunal decision

The people who will be carrying out your work are as follows:

NameRoleNumber of Years QualifiedHourly Rate
Lee GabbiePartner and Head of Department16 years PQE£330 plus VAT of £66
Lisa RiceConsultant20+ years PQE£335 plus VAT of £67
Belinda AveryConsultant20+ years PQE£325 plus VAT of £65
ParalegalParalegalN/A£110 plus VAT of £22
Trainee SolicitorTrainee SolicitorN/A£110 plus VAT of £22