Employment Law pricing

At Clarkes we do not differentiate in charges for instructions received from employee or employer. The pricing structure is based on an hourly rate of between £120.00 to £220.00 per hour plus VAT. In normal circumstances we will try to provide a fixed fee quote or at the very least an estimate of our charges. From the outset a cap will be applied to our charges which will not be exceeded without your prior authority.

In some circumstances it is possible to provide fixed quotes and these are detailed below.

The charges in relation to any given case will vary on the complexity of the matter, the value of the matter, the number of witnesses and the urgency of the case.

The above factors will determine the cost estimate that will be tailored to your particular case.

Average fees

Initial fixed fee attendance to discuss merits £120.00 plus VAT.

Acting on your behalf in relation to early conciliation using ACAS, fees start at £500.00 plus VAT for a relatively straightforward and simple case. If the fee is to be more than £500.00 you will be advised in advance.

Tribunal representation to include preparation of all necessary paperwork, witness statements, bundles of documents and reviewing the other sides documents would be an average cost of approximately £3,000.00 to £10,000.00.


Barristers fees for representation at any tribunal hearings vary but are likely to be in the region of £1,000.00 to £2,500.00 per brief fee with an additional daily rate in the region of £500.00 to £1,500.00. This will depend on the experience of the Barrister and the complexity of the case. Barristers fees are payable in addition to our legal fees but are not incurred without your prior authority.

Timescales and Key Stages

Strict time limits apply for submissions of claim to an employment tribunal. We can advise on this in detail upon your instruction and, in general terms, claims must be issued within three months of the date of the act complained of.

Early conciliation is normally concluded within one month although there is the ability to extend.

Claims to an employment tribunal generally conclude within 3 to 9 months from the date of the issue of the claim.

Typical key stages are:

  • Taking your instructions.
  • Advising on your claim.
  • Entering into negotiation and/or conciliation.
  • Issuing or responding to proceedings.
  • Preparation of documents and witness statements.
  • Preparing and attending at final hearing.

It is normal that negotiation will take place throughout the whole process.

Who will deal with my matter?

Please see the Employment Law section of our website. Upon instruction you will be allocated a dedicated caseworker whose level of experience will be commensurate with the type of matter. All our staff are highly trained and receive constant updates and training on new areas of law and practice and procedure.