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Our Charges – Employment


We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Hourly Rates

Our hourly rates for employment work range from £100 to £240 plus VAT based on the level of qualification and experience.

We will provide you with a fee estimate or a fixed fee depending on the type of work to be undertaken. Your work will be allocated to the most cost effective team member with the appropriate experience.

Below are examples of the types of work we undertake and the charges.


Preventative Work

We provide advice to pre-empt Employment Tribunal claims. We regularly advise clients through the disciplinary or grievance process.

We regularly advise on redundancy processes including large scale redundancy exercises where more complex processes are required. We also undertake consultations on an employer’s behalf to minimise the risk of subsequent claims.


Settlement Negotiations

We are experienced in negotiating the exit of employees and take a commercial approach.

We can guide employers through the use of protected conversations, a method of having an off the record exit conversation. We can also conduct these processes on your behalf.

We can negotiate the terms of exit and ensure the settlement of claims.


Employment Claim Tribunals

Our charges for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal depend on the complexity and nature of the claim and the conduct of the Claimant and their representatives.  In our experience the likely costs will be as follows:

  • Simple case: £1,000 – £5,000 plus VAT
  • Medium complexity case: £5,000 – £10,000 plus VAT
  • High complexity case: £10,000 – £20,000 plus VAT

Factors which could make claims more complex include:

  • Where a lengthy and complex disciplinary process has been conducted
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. a whistle-blowing allegation
  • If it is necessary to defend tribunal applications to amend claims
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • Making a costs application



Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf.

We usually instruct Barristers to conduct an Employment Tribunal hearing. Barristers fees are between £600 to £1,500 plus VAT per day (depending on experience) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).


Key Stages – What will Raworths do for you?

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 which could be awarded (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing the response and filing this with the Employment Tribunal
  • Considering 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 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 for Final Hearing, including instructions to the Barrister

When we instruct a Barrister we do not normally attend the Employment Tribunal hearing.

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 only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.



The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends on the stage at which your case is resolved.  For example:

  • If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-6 weeks
  • If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-12 months

This is just an estimate and we will give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.


Fixed Fees

We offer fixed fees for a number of work types such as drafting Service Agreements, Contracts of Employments, Staff Handbooks and Privacy Notices.  Please contact us for further information.


Day To Day Support

For many clients we offer the facility of day to day support at a blended hourly rate.  This allows you to obtain advice when you need it from any member of the team at a cost effective rate.  We will invoice on a regular basis and/or as soon as the recorded time reaches an agreed limit.