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Employment Law Guidance Fees

Each matter is unique

Each claim is unique, and this is a guideline only. The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the case and when we know the size and likely complexity of the claim and the amount of work involved, we shall then be able to inform you of the likely cost and also time involved. We shall prepare a budget for your case before we commence any proceedings in a tribunal on your behalf.

The fixed fee for 1 hour will be £125 + VAT. This is in line with the Law Society guidelines.

Each matter is dealt with by an individual fee earner so that you will know who to contact when any queries arise. Our approximate charges are set out below:



Settlement Agreements

Employee Tribunal Representation

Breach of Contract

Discrimination Claims

Restrictive Covenants

Harassment and Bullying



Settlement Agreements

Contract Reviews

Termination of Employment

Defending Claims



Restrictive Covenants

Employee Tribunal Representation


Guidance Fees

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Fees Guidance


Cormac Cawley – Solicitor £250.00 + VAT per hour (*Please note this can also increase to £300 + VAT depending on the complexity of the matter. The fixed fee for 1 hour will be £125 + VAT. This is in line with the Law Society guidelines.)



Amount of Charge Description
Charged in units of 1/10th of an hour Routine Letters and Routine Telephone Calls (made and received)
Fee Earner’s Hourly Rate + VAT Other work on considering and drafting documents, meeting with you, attending experts or counsel, attending hearings at an Employment Tribunal
Tribunal Fees You do not have to pay any fee to start a claim in an Employment Tribunal.
Barristers’ & Experts’ Fees Payable in addition to our fees – to be agreed with you in advance
£30.00 + VAT Storage Fee



All disbursements will need to be paid in addition to the fees charged. These costs are related to your matter which are payable to third parties such as barristers and experts. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.



This depends very much on the complexity of each case. A typical disputed matter can take between 6 months and 2 years or more to reach a conclusion.


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

Simple case: £10,000 – £15,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)

Medium complexity case: £20,000 – £30,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)

High complexity case: £40,000 – £60,000 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)

We charge based on an hourly rate which varies depending on the member of staff dealing with your matter. Our lowest hourly rate is £175 and our highest hourly rate is £375. The seniority of the members of staff dealing with your case will depend on its complexity. We will discuss this with you when you instruct us.

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 £2000 per day (excluding VAT, charged at 20%). Generally, we would allow 3 – 20 days depending on the complexity of your case.


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 estimated between £4000 to £8000 per day excluding VAT, charged at 20% (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)


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.


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 12 – 24 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take up to 52 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.

However, we do recommend that you telephone us on 0208 427 9080 to discuss your matter further as the above schedule on costs and time should be used as a guide only.

How can we help you?

Vyman Solicitors has a wealth of experience and can provide you with a full service for your Employment Law needs

We provide essential support to employees and employers nationwide.

Please note that you need to formally instruct us or arrange an appointment before we can consider your matter or give you any advice. We do not accept instructions on a “no win, no fee” or legal aid basis.