Employment Costs

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

Simple case: £4,000 - £8,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £8,000 - £10,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £10,000 - £25,000 (excluding VAT)
Fixed fees are applicable on certain matters.

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 £1,500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 – 5 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.
Barrister's fees estimated between £750 to £2,000 per day (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 4 – 9 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.
BHP Law have in place financial arrangements with various introducers for most areas of work whereby we pay to the introducer a “referral fee”.  The referral fee is included in the fees quoted to you (it is not an additional fee payable by you).   If the work we carry out on your behalf is introduced to us by one of the referrers we have a financial arrangement with, you will be informed both by the introducer and also by ourselves when we send our terms of business to you after receiving your instructions to act for you.   The referral fees for the arrangements we currently have in place with introducers are either a fixed amount ranging from £45 to £200 or a percentage of our costs which is 15%.


Your matter will be dealt with by Employment Law specialist Anthony Willis who has many years experience in this area. 

Your Employment Team

Alex Millward


After completing the Legal Practice course from Northumbria University, Alex became director at Alexander Byers Millward Ltd, where he contracted with…

Anthony Willis


Anthony has worked at Browell Smith & Co and trained and worked at Thompsons Solicitors between 2003 and 2016. He joined BHP Law’s Employment team…