Pricing for Employment Law

At IBB Law we like to, in very clear and simple terms, respond to the principal questions that clients have about working with a solicitor, namely;

  • What are you going to do for me?
  • What aren’t you doing for me?
  • Who is going to do it?
  • When will it be done by?
  • How much is it going to cost?

In relation to our costs, we have a philosophy of ‘no surprises’. That puts the onus on us to address the questions above as transparently and as simply as possible.

As far as practicable, we also endeavour to provide clients with pricing choice. This recognises the fact that clients have different priorities and even the same client can have different pricing and payment priorities on different transactions or matters.

When we provide you with an estimate we will also provide you with a job specification that answers in clear and straightforward terms the questions set out above

For illustration purposes only, we set out below an example of our pricing approach to defending or bringing claims before the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal.  Within the example, we have made some assumptions about what you may need and have also included some of the most common factors which may increase or decrease our pricing estimate.

Example Pricing – for defending or bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £10,000 – £15,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £15,000 – £25,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £25,000 – £45,000 (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
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal


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.

It may be appropriate to instruct Counsel to attend a Tribunal hearing. The fees for instructing Counsel will depend on the experience of the advocate and the level of preparation required.

Key stages

  • The estimated fees set out above would cover work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits (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 3-5 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-9 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. 

Every client is individual and has specific needs. Having taken a look at these examples, if you are happy to speak to us further, please give us a call or drop us an e-mail. We will be happy to answer any questions or provide clarification. We will almost certainly need additional information to give you the most certain estimate, and we can discuss any issues of urgency or particular circumstances that you think we ought to know.  Once the details are settled, we will send out normal client care and engagement documentation and you can decide whether you are happy to proceed.


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