Employment Law Charges

First North Law’s employment team can provide support to businesses and employees in all employment matters.

We offer a range of costs options to businesses, which include subscription to our retainer and/or fixed fee pricing and/or hourly rates.

Employment costs vary widely depending on the nature of the case, but in general First North Law’s costs for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are:

A straightforward single issue case:

£6,000 – £9,000

(plus VAT)

A medium complexity case:

£7,000 – £12,000

(plus VAT)

A high complexity case:

£10,000 – £17,000

(plus VAT)


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Counsel’s fees to represent you at a Tribunal Hearing.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £1500 per day (plus VAT) for preparation and attendance at a Tribunal Hearing

Expenses may also be charged for sundry items such as photocopying, travel, accommodation and ID verification checks as necessary and agreed in advance. All expenses are subject to VAT.

Stages of an Employment Dispute

The above fees cover all of the work relating to the following stages of a dispute:

  • Taking initial instructions, reviewing documents and advising on merits and likely compensation;
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim brought against you or a response (defence) from another party;
  • Preparing a response (defence) to a claim;
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement as necessary;
  • Reviewing a schedule of loss and preparing a counter schedule of loss;
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle;
  • Preparation and drafting witness statements;
  • Preparing a bundle;
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a list of the witnesses;
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing (which may include instructions to Counsel if appropriate).

The above stages set out a typical claim, if additional work is required we will advise you of this before any additional charges are incurred.

Should you wish to have advice on part of a claim we are happy to provide a quote on this basis.