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Employment Tribunal (Range of costs)

Our pricing for bringing and defending employment tribunal claims.

Case Complexity Rollits’ Estimate Fees Counsel Estimate Fees
Simple £8,000 - £12,000 + 20% VAT £2,000 - £3,500 + 20% VAT
Medium £12,000 - £25,000 + 20% VAT £3,500 - £8,000 + 20% VAT
High £25,000 - £60,000 + 20% VAT £8,000 - £20,000 + 20% VAT

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • multiple types of claims
  • if it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • multiple Claimants/Respondents
  • 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), time limits, reasonable prospects of success
  • requirement for preliminary hearing(s)
  • allegations of discrimination and breach of the Equality Act
  • the number of witnesses and voluminous documents
  • if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • complex financial remedies
  • discrimination which is linked to the dismissal
  • TUPE considerations
  • Tribunal hearings listed for more than 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 are estimated in accordance with the table above (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 4 - 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 - 12 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 (including the Employment Tribunal listing dates) and as the matter progresses.

Our Team

We have four members of the team who may work on your matter.

Ed Heppel - Partner (Hull) specialising in employment law with particular expertise in restrictive covenant disputes, complex and sensitive HR issues, TUPE, reorganisation and senior executive terminations and disputes, contractual negotiations and settlement agreements. Qualified in 2009; Hamers Solicitors, Hull (2007-2011) Joined Rollits in 2011.

Lucy Trynka - Senior Solicitor (Hull) Lucy specialises in employment law and has advised clients in respect of complex disability discrimination matters, including during employment tribunal proceedings and regularly advises both employers and employees on settlement agreement matters. Lucy also provides corporate support in the form of employment law due diligence and TUPE related advice to large companies undertaking both share and asset purchases, as well as drafting various employment related documents such as Staff Handbooks, contracts of employment, service agreements and settlement agreements.   Joined Rollits in 2018; Qualified 2020

Ruth Everitt - Associate Member of CILEx (Hull) with significant experience in drafting employment documentation for employers including Staff Handbooks and contracts of employment including zero hours, fixed term, seasonal and Directors Service Agreements. Joined Rollits in 2005.


We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here.