Fees for our legal services

These charges and disbursements apply to the following services:

Employment tribunal services 

Fees for our employment tribunal services

These fees relate to claims made against employers. We will advise and assist with claims made by an employee, and broadly speaking fees will follow this guide. When we act for an employee in their Employment Tribunal claim we will provide specific detailed fee estimates for the work required. We will normally work on the basis of fixed fees within the range set out below for each task in the matter. Where fixed fees are not applied, work will be carried out on the basis of our hourly rates as set out below.

Our charges

Preparation of response & summary of a case £1,500 – £3,000 + VAT
Disclosure of evidence £1,500 – £3,000 + VAT
Trial bundles £1,000 + VAT
Witness statements £3,500 – £6,500 + VAT
Preparation for hearing £1,000 – £2,500 + VAT
Attendance at a hearing (including Counsel’s fees) £3,000 – £7,000 + VAT
Other fees relating to the day to day running of a case £2,000 – £4,000  + VAT
Total £13,500 – £27,00 + VAT

Fees may alter where the scope of work varies or in more unique circumstances. We will advise you of such changes if and when necessary, and before any additional work is carried out.


Disbursements generally will include Counsel’s (a barrister’s) fee only. The fee payable to the barrister will vary depending on their seniority and level of experience. The choice of barrister shall be discussed at the time. A day-rate for a barrister can typically range from £1,000 – £5,000 + VAT. There are currently no Tribunal fees payable.

Our charges include

  • Initial review of the case and assessment of merits
  • Preparation for hearing, including the disclosure of evidence and drafting and exchanging witness statements
  • Attendance and advocacy at the hearing
  • Communication of the judgment when received


Where a case progresses to the final hearing we would anticipate the matter lasting for 6-12 months. A case may resolve prior to the hearing where a settlement is reached or the claim may be withdrawn. This will inevitably result in a shorter time frame for the matter in comparison to a matter that goes to a final hearing.

To file a claim in the Employment Tribunal will take approximately 2-4 weeks depending on the initial instructions provided on the matter. From there the Tribunal would normally list either a Preliminary Hearing or a Final Hearing within 6-12 months’ of filing the claim.

Approximate timescales for a standard claim are:

To issue a claim – preparation of the claim will take between 2 to 5 weeks, depending on the detail involved, but less if this is necessary to meet the limitation date.

To submit a response – the response is due within 28 days of the claim form being received by the Respondent. Our preparation of the response will take 2 to 3 weeks, but less if necessary to meet the limitation date.

Preparation for a Preliminary hearing – a Tribunal is likely to list a preliminary hearing to take place approximately 3 – 6 months following acceptance of the response, depending on the complexity of the claim.

Final hearing – around 6 months if there has been no preliminary hearing listed; around 12 months if there has been a preliminary hearing.

Key Stages

The key stages of an Employment Tribunal claim are:

Stage 1: We will take initial instructions from you and review the existing documentation that you have relating to the case. We will advise on the merits of your case and prepare either the claim or defence to the matter as appropriate;

Stage 2: Receive and consider a response to the claim, including the Claimant’s schedule of loss, disclosure documents and begin preparation of the bundle of documents;

Stage 3: Preparation and exchange of witness statements. Continued bundle preparation;

Stage 4: Preparation for and attendance at Final Hearing

If a claim is listed for a Preliminary Hearing this will happen after Stage 2 and a Remedy Hearing may be listed after Stage 4. Mediation or settlement may occur at any point during the case. Exact timings for the key stages of a claim will be entirely dependent on the complexity of your case and the Case Management Orders provided by the Tribunal.


The charges set out here do not include:

  • Drafting Orders for the Court where required
  • Preparation for and attendance at a Preliminary Hearing
  • Preparation for and attendance at a Remedy Hearing
  • Preparation for and attendance at a mediation

Fee earners and hourly rates

The fee earners that could assist you with employment tribunals are:

Claire Berry – Employment Solicitor £250 + VAT per hour

Joanna Smye – Employment Solicitor £250 + VAT per hour

What to do if you have a complaint

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All employment law services are provided by Price Bailey LLP. For information about our regulatory status see pricebailey.co.uk/legal. 

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