Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £2000.00 to £4000.00 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £4000.00 to £10,000.00 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £10,000.00 to £30,000.00 (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 e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £450.00 per day (excluding VAT) if Counsel are instructed or £1200 per day if we are undertaking the advocacy ourselves. Although we cannot give an indication of the timescales as this depends on the complexity of the case, we can advise that simple cases normally conclude in one day.


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.

Counsel's fees

Counsel’s fees estimated between £900.00 to £3000.00 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key Stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (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 three to eight weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take at least 26 weeks. 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.

The Employment Team

Graham Whitehouse is the solicitor who will be dealing with your employment matter from start to finish. Contact details for Graham can be found on our “Meet the Team” page. Graham’s work is Supervised by Ian Soulsby, Managing Partner of Now Legal.

Victoria Kirby:

Victoria completed her Law degree in 2007 and subsequently worked in financial services prior to completing her Masters and the Legal Practice Course. Victoria joined Now Legal in August 2018. Victoria completed her Training Contract at Now Legal, qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2020.

Ian Soulsby:

Ian is the Managing Partner of Now Legal. Having worked as a solicitor for nearly 40 years Ian has a wealth of legal knowledge and practical experience enabling him to handle complex legal issues. His specialist areas are Employment and Property Law. He also spent many years sitting as an Employment Judge.