Fees for Employment

We provide a wide range of employment law services, their costs depend on the nature and complexity of such matters and are normally calculated by reference to hourly rates of those dealing with them. Each employment situation is different and the costs have to be assessed individually, however the table below shows estimated costs for bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims.

These costs differ depending on the nature and complexity of such claims.

Typically the claims will be divided into the following categories:

Simple case: contract claims (unpaid wages/unpaid holiday pay/unpaid notice pay)

Medium complexity case: unfair dismissal or constructive unfair dismissal. Sometimes these cases also contain the above claims.

High complexity case: discrimination, victimisation, harassment, whistleblowing

Additional factors that may add to the complexity of a case:

  • 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 and employee or 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

The estimate of costs below gives the overall costs including attendance at the hearing.

In addition to our costs you may have to pay additional costs to third parties, such as barristers or experts, these are called disbursements and included in a column in our table below.

Service Average cost Basis for
charges –
hourly rate
or fixed
fees or
of both
Experience and qualifications of those carrying out the service Experience and
of the
Description of and cost of likely disbursements or average cost or range of costs (If applicable) Which of these
attract VAT
and at what
VAT rate
Likely timescales for such claims
Simple Tribunal Claim £10,000-£20,000 Hourly rate

  • Andrew Firman, Solicitor, over eight years employment law experience hourly rate £300
  • Kate Boguslawska, Solicitor, over eight years employment law experience hourly rate £300
  • Trainee Solicitors £150-£200 Paralegals £100

Partners • Translation costs • 20% VAT 10 weeks average
Medium Complexity Tribunal Claim £20,000-£30,000 Hourly rate

  • Andrew Firman, Solicitor, over eight years employment law experience hourly rate £300
  • Kate Boguslawska, Solicitor, over eight years employment law experience hourly rate £300
  • Trainee Solicitors £150-£200 Paralegals £100

Partners • Courier fee - £20- £300
• Barrister’s Fees £750 - £5,000
• 20% VAT
• 20% VAT
26 weeks average
High Complexity Tribunal Claim £30,000-£60,000 Hourly rate

  • Andrew Firman, Solicitor, over eight years employment law experience hourly rate £300
  • Kate Boguslawska, Solicitor, over eight years employment law experience hourly rate £300
  • Trainee Solicitors £150-£200 Paralegals £100

Partners • Courier fee - £20- £300
• Barrister’s Fees £750 - £4,000 per day
• Medical records - £50
• Expert witnesses - £750 - £4,000 per day
• 20% VAT
• 20% VAT
• no VAT
• 20% VAT
30- 52 weeks average

Generally the costs above will include the following key stages as relevant to a given case:

We will:-

  • Take your initial instructions, review the papers and advise you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Enter into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Prepare a claim or response
  • Review and advise on claim or response from other party
  • Explore settlement and negotiate settlement throughout the process
  • Prepare or consider a schedule of loss
  • Prepare for (and attend) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchange documents with the other party and agree a bundle of documents
  • Take witness statements, draft statements and agree their content with witnesses
  • Prepare (or agree) bundle of documents
  • Review and advise on the other party's witness statements
  • Agree a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Prepare and attend at the Final Hearing, including instructing Barrister

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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 based on your individual needs.

The above is just an estimate and we encourage you to contact us to discuss the details of your case so that we can give you a better and more accurate estimate.

Meet the team

Partner - Employment

Andrew Firman is a partner in our corporate & commercial team. His employment practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work for both employers and employees. His corporate and banking practice concentrates on contractual and advice work given mainly to SMEs and charities. Additionally, he advises both individuals and businesses on a range of immigration matters.


In his work, Andrew looks for proactive and pragmatic solutions derived from a proper understanding of the client’s perspective and against the background of the commercial constraints.

Career highlights include

  • running a David v Goliath style battle for a former employee of a US based bank related to the late vesting of share options following that employee’s termination at a time when the US markets were in freefall
  • negotiating, finalising and drawing down for an off-shore SPV borrower at £310M facility to buy a group of companies which owned, as an investment, the London HQ of a multinational corporation

More recently, Andrew has advised upon

  • the sale of a leading clinician–led healthcare consulting and IT services group to a global technology and services company specialising in the healthcare field
  • the restructuring and relocation of a nutritional supplements business within the UK
  • settlement of a long running shareholders dispute concerning a company running a niche members’ gym in a close knit area of London
  • finalisation of the UK legal aspects to a cross border merger with an Italian company
  • the negotiation of departure terms for the CEO of a leading interdealer broker

Andrew has over the years enjoyed advising many owner-managed SMEs on the range of their needs for commercial, employment and dispute related legal advice.  He is delighted that the firm has recently received recognition through the award by Acquisitions International of “UK Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year to SMEs 2013” because it goes to the depth of the relationships the firm has with its clients and its target market in terms of size of business clients.

Andrew was educated at Nailsea School and holds degrees in law from Manchester and Leicester Universities.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He is a co-author of a Practical Guide to Drone Law.

Away from the office Andrew, married to a local GP and of occasional use to his three teenage children, runs and is heavily involved in his local church.

020 7406 1000 - AndrewFirman@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Corporate

The Legal 500: Recommended lawyer 2020Katarzyna (Kate) Boguslawska is a Partner in our corporate and commercial department.

Kate’s clients range from start-up owners through to SMEs and some global main-players who need advice on business-related matters. These range from advice on employment and company matters to contract drafting and disputes. Kate understands her clients, their needs and goals. Her clients often praise her pragmatic approach and tailored practical advice.


In her employment practice Kate:

  • drafts contracts, handbooks and company policies
  • provides regular Employment/HR Advice
  • negotiates contracts
  • drafts and negotiate settlement agreements
  • helps to navigate through TUPE, restructure and redundancies
  • advises and represents in claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract, unlawful deduction from wages, etc
  • advises on injunctive relief and restrictive covenants

Notable employment work included:

  • advising a well-known English designer in company restructure and redundancies;
  • advising employers and high net worth individuals on settlement agreements and severance packages;
  • regular HR advice to a number of company clients;
  • advising media company on contracts and issues relating to confidentiality, IP and restrictive covenants;
  • representing high earning claimants in ‘Stress at Work’ personal injury matters.


In her commercial and company practice Kate:

  • advises on suitable business entities and company formation;
  • advises on company and directors’ duties;
  • drafts necessary company documents including amended articles and resolutions;
  • drafts and negotiates contracts and shareholders’ agreements;
  • advises on shareholders disputes.

Notable commercial work included:

  • advising and representing foreign companies establishing business in the UK;
  • advising companies on matters involving directors’ duties and shareholders’ disputes;
  • advising a Polish PLC on contract matters and negotiating on its behalf with an English PLC;
  • representing an international cosmetics company in injunctive relief and restraint of trade matters;
  • representing hauliers in representations against Border Force and HMRC in excise duty matters;
  • advising EU nationals on immigration issues, residency and citizenship applications in the UK.


Kate has strong links in the Polish community and is recommended by the Polish Embassy in London, having co-written a Guide for Polish Investors in the UK that was published by the Embassy. She has a broad network of international connections and has been instructed by law firms in Poland to assist their clients in matters involving English jurisdiction.

020 7406 1000 - katarzynaboguslawska@cartercamerons.com

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