Employment Tribunals - Jonathan Lea Network

Estimated cost of bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal

Claims for unfair dismissal tend to be more straightforward than those for discrimination. The extent to which claims are defended will affect costs.

  • Straightforward claim and early settlement: £2,500-£6,000 + VAT
  • Heavily contested claim and late settlement: £6,000 -£18,000 + VAT
  • Fully contested final hearing:  +£40,000 + VAT

(disbursements such as barrister’s fees or expert’s fees may also additionally arise)

Cases take around 18 months to reach final outcome. Delays can arise because of the need to get access to documents, prepare witness evidence and address issues raised in defence or by applications to the Tribunal.

The Tribunal will take an active role in managing the preparation stages and dictate what work needs to be done by both parties.

It may be possible to recover costs from your opponent but in exceptional circumstances only.

For any queries about our tribunal services, or if you would like a quotation, please email us on wewillhelp@jonathanlea.net and we will be happy to assist you.


Disclaimer notice: These fees are guidelines only and reflect what we commonly charge. The Jonathan Lea Network reserves the right to change any fee. The fee is subject to change depending on the complexity of the matter. We can confirm in writing a definitive fee quote following a short complimentary introductory call.

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However, please be aware that the free 20 minute call is at our discretion. If you are more looking for advice and guidance on an initial call, we may instead offer a one-hour fixed fee appointment instead.


Our fixed fee appointments are between £200 – £300 + VAT depending on the seniority of the solicitor taking the call.

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