Our Prices

Employment Range of costs


At SW19Lawyers we normally charge for the work we do on the basis of time spent on the matter.

Our hourly charge out rates range from £290 - £450 per hour, plus VAT charged at 20%, depending on the seniority and level of experience of the person who you instruct.

The members of the employment team are Belinda Eriksson, Mitchell Bell, Alan Julyan and Jane Laidler.   All our lawyers are very experienced, and have been recognised by the Legal Directories for their knowledge and expertise. Our team also includes trainee Philippa Hennessy.

For more information about each of the members of the team, please see their profiles on our firm’s webpage.

Trainees/Paralegal Hourly Rates

Our hourly rates for Trainees/Paralegal  range from £130-£180 per hour (excluding VAT 20%).

Estimate Fees

Our estimate fees, exclusive of VAT charged at 20% which will be added where applicable to each bill, for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are as follows:

  • Simple case: £7,500 - £20,000 (excluding 20% VAT)
  • Medium to complex case: £20,000 - £40,000 (excluding 20% VAT)
  • Highly complex case: £40,000 - £75,000 (excluding 20% VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex include:

  • 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
  • The number of documents that relate to the claim and problems linked to disclosure and reviewing the documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim. E.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer, or you are dismissed linked to a transfer of the business. i.e. a TUPE claim
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
  • Making and/or defending a costs application

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £2,000 per day (excluding VAT charged at 20%).

A simple employment tribunal claim could be complete in one day but generally, we would allow 2 days for the hearing depending on the complexity of the 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.

The main disbursement that may be incurred is the costs associated with instructing a barrister to represent you at an employment tribunal hearing.

Counsels fees are normally made up of a brief fee (a fee for carrying out the preparatory work for the hearing and attending on the first day of the hearing) and a daily refresher rate (a fee for attending subsequent hearings after the first day).

Counsel's fees vary a great deal depending on the level of expertise of the barrister instructed.  The level of fees are estimated between £1,750 to £15,000 plus 20% VAT per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation) and a daily refresher rate of £1,200 to £4,000 plus 20% VAT.

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 the 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 a 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 the Final Hearing, including Instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication, and if some of the 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 1 - 3 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9 - 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 and as the matter progresses.

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