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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 £145 to £300 plus VAT (£174 to £360 in total) 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.

Employment Tribunal Claims

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: £10,000 – £15,000 plus VAT (£12,000 – £18,000 in total)
  • Medium complexity case: £15,000 – £30,000 plus VAT (£18,000 – £36,000 in total)
  • High complexity case: £30,000 – £50,000 plus VAT (£36,000 – £66,000 in total)

Factors which could make claims more complex include:

  • Where a lengthy and complex disciplinary process has been conducted
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. whistle-blowing allegation
  • Where allegations of discrimination are linked to the dismissal
  • Where preliminary issues need to be determined such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties) or issues around employment status
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims, to vary case management orders, to provide further and better particulars or to attend preliminary hearings
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • The number of days listed for the final hearing
  • Making or defending a cost application
  • Where cases are brought by litigants in person i.e. without legal representation

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.


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 £1,200 to £2,000 plus VAT per day (£1,440 to £2,400 in total), (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 a 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
  • Dealing with any issues outstanding after the Final Hearing

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.

It would not normally be necessary to undertake other work or incur other costs other than those described above. However, we would be very happy to provide you with a more tailored quote for all stages of your particular case once we know about your specific circumstances.

Our Team

The Employment Unit is led by Sally Togher and the team comprises Liz Pollock, Harjeet Nangla and Harry Brown. Click on their names or here to view their individual profiles.