Pricing for defending a claim made by an employee

Our expertise defending employment claims will ensure your dispute is resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Most organisations face an employee claim at some point and we can guide you through the process of defending your position, with the aim of resolving the claim as cost-effectively as possible.

We advise a wide range of clients on the defence of claims, from FTSE 100-listed companies to SMEs, and typically liaise with HR departments, directors and owner-managers. Our advice is clear and practical, and will help you make the best decisions about how to proceed.

If you’d like to find out more about our Employment services for organisations, our employment solicitors can advise on how to remain compliant with your legal obligations as an employer. 

Our fees

The price you pay will largely depend on how complex the case is, and we can estimate this in our initial conversation with you. We can advise you on the type of claim you are facing, and the likelihood of its success. Issues that may add complexity tend to be:

  • A large number of witnesses or documents
  • Difficult challenges, such as determining whether an employee is disabled
  • Defending a claim of ‘automatic unfair dismissal’ in situations that may look suspicious in the eyes of an Employment Tribunal - for example, if the employee is recently pregnant, or recently made a ‘whistleblowing’ allegation.
  • Applications for legal costs from the employee or your organisation
  • Allegations of discrimination linked to a dismissal
  • Employees that choose to defend themselves.

An indication of our fees based on the complexity of cases is as follows.

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 ultimately proceeds to an Employment Tribunal hearing, then bear in mind that we would usually instruct a barrister to represent you. Their fees will typically include a preparation fee, and a cost per day for representing you at the tribunal itself, with most tribunal hearings completed in under 3 days in respect of more straightforward unfair dismissal claims. The fees for the barrister will also depend on the complexity of the case and the experience of the barrister, but we suggest you budget £1,000 to £5,000 for preparation fees, and between £750 and £3,000 per day for tribunal representation. All prices exclude VAT.