SCE Solicitors Employment Law Pricing

Employment Tribunal Claims Pricing

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal. Other claims in the Employment Tribunal, for example discrimination claims can attract different fees for which we will be happy to provide you with an estimate.  

Simple case: £3000-£4500 plus VAT

Medium complexity case: £4500-£7000 plus VAT

High complexity case: £7000-£15,000 plus VAT

We calculate our charges based on the amount of time we spend of your case. Our current hourly rates are:

Solicitor/Advocate (Samira Cakali) £300 per hour plus VAT

Consultant Solicitor (Debbie Mactaggart) £300 per hour plus VAT

Associate Solicitor (Harvinder Sehmbey) £250 per hour

Paralegal/Legal Assistant £100 per hour plus VAT

For more information about our solicitors, please use the links above or visit out Team Page.

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 between £1000 and £1500 per day plus vat. Generally, we would allow 1 to 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 for unfair and wrongful dismissal claims are estimated between £600 to £3000 per day plus vat (depending on experience of the Barrister) 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 the 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 (excluded where we act for you under a Damages Based Agreement)
  • 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 for 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 2 to 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4 to 8 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. 

Damages Based Agreements

Where you are a Claimant and where we agree to act for you on a conditional fee basis, ie where payment of our fees depends on you winning your claim, this is called a Damages Based Agreement and is commonly referred to as a ‘no win – no fee’ agreement.

We rarely consider a Damages Based Agreement, however, if this is considered we will carry out an assessment of your case. We may need to gather information from you and may ask you to send documents to us, for example copies of correspondence from your employer. Once you have provided us with the information we have requested we expect to assess your case and give you a decision as to whether we will act for you on a conditional fee basis within 7 days. There will not be a charge made to you for this assessment.

Where we agree to enter into a Damages Based Agreement with you, our fee will be 35% of any damages you recover from your opponent. Vat is included in this figure.

The cost of attending preliminary hearings and final hearings in the Employment Tribunal are excluded from our Damages Based Agreements. There will be an additional charge for attending any preliminary Tribunal Hearing of between £500 and £750 plus VAT. There will be an additional charge for attending a final Tribunal Hearing of between £1000 and £1500 per day plus VAT. Generally, we would allow 1 to 5 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Barrister’s fees are estimated between £600 to £3000 per day plus VAT (depending on experience of the Barrister) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Where we terminate any Damages Based Agreement due to your conduct, for example you have failed to provide instructions to us, and your claim continues to have good prospects of success then you will be responsible for payment of our fees, calculated depending on the amount of time we have spent on your claim and within the guideline bands as set out above.

Where a Damages Based Agreement is unsuccessful you will be required to pay an administrative fee in the sum of £250 plus VAT. 

Commercial Debt Recovery Pricing

Range of fixed fees for a business to business debt that is undisputed 

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed. 

Debt ValueOur Fee for a Letter Before ActionCourt FeeOur Fee for Issuing ProceedingsTotal Fees
Up to £5000£100+vat = £120Up to £205£250+vat = £300£625
£5001 to £10,000£100+vat = £120Up to £455£250+vat = £300£875
£10,001 to £25,000£100+vat = £1205% of debt£250+vat = £300£420 plus court fee
£25,001 to £50,000£150+vat = £1805% of debt£300+vat = £360£540 plus court fee
£50,001 to £100,000£200+vat = £2405% of debt£400+vat = £480£720 plus court fee

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • Fixed costs can be recovered from the debtor, although these will not cover our fees as set out above.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.
  • Court Fees vary depending on the value of the debt

Our fee for writing a letter before action includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action 

Our fee for issuing Proceedings includes:

  • If the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs 

Matters usually take 2 to 12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

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