We hope that we provide helpful and useful information about the types of work we undertake and our experience in doing so elsewhere on our website, we are now required by the SRA to provide specific information about the costs bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims and our experience in carrying out this work.


Jim Chambers qualified as a solicitor in March 1996 and Andrew O’Neill qualified as solicitor in October 1997. Both have practised employment law continuously since qualification and have conducted thousands of employment tribunal claims for both employers and employees.


Costs will vary from case to case but we would expect costs for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims to fall within the following ranges:

Simple wrongful dismissal case: £1,500 – £2,500 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case (both unfair and/or wrongful dismissal): £2,500 – £5,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £5,000 – £20,000 (excluding VAT)

Stages of a Claim

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 an ongoing process throughout the.
  • Assisting and undertaking pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached. Further details of this process can be found here. Exploring settlement is also an ongoing process throughout the duration of any case
  • Preparing the claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from other party
  • 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
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Drafting and agreeing preliminary matters as directed by the Tribunal which could include a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at a Final Hearing. We conduct hearings ourselves. In the unlikely event that a barrister is required this fee will be an additional cost.

The stages set out above are an indication of the likely stages in a case. If some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. Additional stages or further hearings may increase the costs.

You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can discussed depending on your individual needs. It is not our normal practice.

Factors which makes cases more complex and increase costs

We assess every case on an individual basis. The following could make a case more complex and increase the costs:

  • 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
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • The case runs for an unusual number of days
  • 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 are not covered by the above costs estimates.
  • Making or defending a costs application

Other costs (disbursements)

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees, hotel and travel costs. These are charged in addition to our own costs but unless the case requires long distance travel or overnight accommodation we would not expect to charge for these. This includes not charging for local travel and routine copying.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter is largely out of our control. The Tribunal Service may take many months to list your claim and much can depend on how the case is conducted by the other party. Cases can be resolved through settlement at almost any stage and this is a common form of resolution.

We will keep you fully informed of timescale as the matter progresses.


Chambers O’Neill is committed to high quality legal advice and client care. In the unlikely event that you are unhappy about any aspect of the service, in the first instance you should raise this with one of the directors.  In order to deal with your concern properly it may be necessary in any event for you to put your concerns in writing. If we have not resolved a complaint to your satisfaction within eight weeks of making your complaint to us, you may take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ. The email address is: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk. You should do so within 6 months of a response from us. You may also contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority.