Pricing for bringing an Employment Tribunal Claim

If you wish to make a claim against your employer, SA Law can guide you every step of the way.

Making a claim against your employer can be a daunting prospect. At SA Law, we can guide you through the claim process should you choose to undertake it. From the outset, our team of experienced employment solicitors will determine the merits of your case; advising you on the best course of action.

Our objective is to resolve the issue as efficiently as possible to your advantage, which minimises the amount you need to pay.

Our Work Life page can give you more information on the other services that we offer for employees. 

Our Fees

Our fees are largely determined by the complexity of your case, which is why an initial confidential chat with one of our employment experts is so valuable. We can identify the type of claim you are making and the likelihood of success. The stronger the claim, the more likely it is that your employer will seek to settle the claim with you early on in the process and avoid going to a Tribunal.

For example, situations that may add complexity are:

  • An unusually large amount of witnesses or documentation
  • A difficult challenge such as determining whether you are disabled
  • A claim of ‘automatic unfair dismissal’ because you believe you were dismissed in relation to a situation such as pregnancy or having made a ‘whistleblowing’ allegation
  • Making or defending an application for legal costs
  • Any allegations of discrimination you are making

The following table provides an indication of our fee range depending on the complexity of the case.

Our fees (excluding VAT)

Simple cases

£5,000 to £7,000

Moderately complex cases

£7,000 to £12,500

Extremely complex cases

£12,500 to £20,000

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. You can expect to pay between £750 and £3,000 per day for tribunal representation for up to 3 days. Preparation fees can range between £1,000 and £5,000, depending on the experience of the barrister. All prices exclude VAT.

If you would like your employment solicitor to be with you during the tribunal, this will incur a further cost of £900 to £2,000 per day depending on the seniority of the solicitor involved. All prices exclude VAT.

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.