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Employment Tribunal

Rix & Kay’s Employment Team has extensive experience in representing both businesses and individuals in the Employment Tribunal and have a strong and impressive track record of successfully bringing and defending claims for the clients they represent.

By representing both Claimants and Defendants, our employment solicitors apply detailed understanding of the issues often presented in a Tribunal from both sides. This allows the team to deliver balanced advice to the parties they are representing.

The team represents clients in a wide range of cases from single day unfair dismissal claims to multi party actions or hearings listed over several months in respect of business transfers (TUPE), constructive dismissal, breach of contract and discrimination cases, in the Employment Tribunals and up to the Supreme Court.

Representation at Employment Tribunal

The team has an outstanding working relationship with Counsel (barristers) who can, where appropriate, assist in the bringing of the case and who attend at the hearing to represent clients. It is often more cost-effective for Counsel to be briefed and represent clients at a hearing. At the client’s request, we can attend the hearing to accompany them and the barrister and to be on-hand if required.


Where appropriate, the team will explore mediation options available to clients before advising on bringing or defending a claim in the Tribunal and throughout the duration of the matter. The Team is often able to achieve resolution without the need to progress matters in the Employment Tribunal, saving clients significant cost and undue stress.

Any potential Claimant is required to commence the Acas Early Conciliation Process. This can also be commenced by a potential Defendant if applicable, before they are permitted to issue a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Employment Tribunal costs

Rix & Kay aim to provide a completely flexible approach to pricing. We want to agree what works best for you and ensure that our costs are transparent and easy to understand.

We believe the only way to do this is by discussing your case with you in detail so that we can provide an accurate scope of work and a fee estimate based on the complexity of the case and the time it is likely to take to represent your interests in the Employment Tribunal. This is central to our commitment to delivering outstanding value for money to our clients.

Below we have provided clear guidance in respect of the cost of our Employment Tribunal work and what factors are likely to impact on the complexity or cost of your case.

We will always agree the cost of our work at the outset. We will provide you with an estimate based on our agreed hourly fee rates and resource arrangements. If during the course of the work, we think the cost estimate is likely to change, then we will discuss this with you immediately before agreeing how we progress.

Service quality

We are committed to delivering outstanding value for money. Underpinning this is our commitment to making the way we deliver our services as easy and accessible as they can possibly be.

This means reducing the amount of effort you have to go to when using our services and covers things as simple as being able to talk to your dedicated lawyer whenever you need to (in person, by telephone or by email), not being transferred from person to person when you call us, and understanding your issue first time so you don’t have to explain things more than once.

Appearing at the Employment Tribunal can be a daunting and often stressful experience. We support our client through every step of the process, not just in the Employment Tribunal but from the very moment you instruct us.

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal in an Employment Tribunal

  • Simple case: £3,000 – £5,000 plus VAT
  • Medium complexity case: £5,000 – £15,000 plus VAT
  • High complexity case: starting from £15,000 plus VAT

What is included in our costs?

The fee estimates 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 is subject to change)
  • Entering early conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached and drafting of COT3 documentation
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process and drafting of COT3 documentation upon settlement
  • Preparing or considering a Schedule of Loss
  • Preparing for a Preliminary Hearing, to deal with issues in the claim and to provide dates for the rest of the hearing, which may be able to take place by telephone and arranging for Counsel to represent the client if required
  • 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 and a chronology
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above provide a guideline of the typical stages involved. If some of those stages 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 to suit your individual needs.

Factors that could make an Employment Tribunal 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 or multi-party actions
  • 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 and number of days listed for hearing
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if an employee is dismissed after whistleblowing on their employer
  • If the dismissal is for a reason connected with a business transfer and/or insolvency
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

What happens if my hearing requires additional days in Tribunal?

Once we fully understand the complexity of your case, we are likely to have a good understanding as to whether you may require additional days in Tribunal and we will, of course, discuss all options available to you. As a guide, costs for attending additional days at a Tribunal Hearing are in accordance with our fee earner hourly charge out rates ranging between £150 plus VAT (Paralegal) to £285 plus VAT (Partner).

Counsel fees

Counsel’s fees for attending a full Tribunal Hearing (including preparation) are estimated between £1,500 to £7,500 (plus VAT) depending on the level and experience of the barrister. In the event that the hearing is in excess of 1 day, a further daily rate shall be charged, estimated between £750 to £1,750 (plus VAT).

How long will my matter take?

The length of 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 and the Employment Tribunal’s availability to hear the case. If a settlement is reached during the initial Acas Early Conciliation Process your case is likely to take one to two months. Despite the fact that the initial Early Conciliation Process can be “closed” by Acas, both parties are able to continue negotiating through Acas even up to the point of the hearing day.

If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to last eight to 24 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. It is also subject to the Employment Tribunal’s availability to list your matter.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as obtaining a medical report fees or Counsel’s fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

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For all postal enquiries please use our centralised PO Box address:
PO Box 468
TN22 9GQ

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Brighton & Hove

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Fax: 01732 440854
DX: 30025 Sevenoaks

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TN22 1SL

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Fax: 01825 764172
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