Disbursements are amounts we pay to third parties for expenses such as travel costs and counsel’s fees (Barrister fees), and court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
If your case proceeds all the way to an Employment Tribunal hearing, then bear in mind that we would usually instruct a barrister to represent you. These costs will be higher if the case has complex elements. Barristers tend to charge a daily fee for appearing at the tribunal itself, and an additional fee for preparing for the final hearing.
We will discuss all disbursements with you in advance of incurring any costs on your behalf.
Barrister daily fee for appearing at the tribunal
£750 and £3,000 +VAT at 20% per day for tribunal representation for up to 3 days.
Barrister fee for preparing for the final hearing
Preparation fees can range between £1,000 and £5,000 +VAT, depending on the experience of the barrister.
45p per mile or the applicable train fare (this may also be in addition to accommodation costs as applicable)
In more complex cases, there may be exceptional disbursements such as expert medical reports
Medical expert report - £500 - £2500 + VAT at 20%
For the avoidance of doubt anything outside the scope of the legal advice we provide in the key stages will be priced separately. To give you a better understanding of what is excluded from the key stages, please see the list below:
- making or defending applications to amend your claim, or to provide further information to the Tribunal;
- making or defending a costs application;
- bringing additional claims in the Employment Tribunal, such as discrimination or whistleblowing, or a claim in another Court of England and Wales;
- there have been more than one Claimant or Respondent;
- applications having to be made for witness orders;
- there being detailed or complex preliminary issues, including complex legal arguments;
- claims which include reference to company directorships, shareholdings or corporate governance;
- claims which include issues relating to insolvency, TUPE, or collective redundancies;
- mediation outside of negotiations through ACAS;
- preparing for a preliminary hearing ordered by the tribunal or requested by the parties;
- reviewing and disclosing documents which exceed 150 pages;
- calling more than one witness to give evidence for your claim;
- where the hearing is listed for more than one day by the Tribunal.
- representing you at the tribunal hearing or a preliminary hearing as opposed to instructing a barrister to do so;
- anything else not specifically identified in the essential elements of a straightforward claim set out above;
- any appeal against a decision or judgment of the Employment Tribunal;
- any detailed tax advice, for example relating to a settlement payment;
- any detailed pension advice;
- any insurance cover you may have in place;
- anything else not specifically identified in the ‘Summary of Work involved’.
Do you have insurance that can help with fees?
Insurance can help to cover some or all of these costs, so check whether any of your existing insurance policies provide legal expenses cover for employment claims. For example, your home insurance, car insurance, credit cards, premium bank accounts and any trade union or professional body membership may offer you insurance cover. If not, we may be able to suggest other options to help you.