Employment Law

Employment law

In the employment law arena we are responsive and practical. Providing timely, effective solutions that are appropriate for each client’s culture and situation sits at the heart of our service philosophy. The best and most cost-effective results are achieved when clients involve us at an early stage of a project or issue.

We can assist with all employment relationship problems concerned with employer and employee rights, personal grievances, disputes and litigation. Our solicitors are ready to help with collective bargaining and union issues; unjustified dismissal; redundancy; bullying, harassment and discrimination claims; and disciplinary and performance management processes.

In times of change you can call on our services for restructuring and redundancies and all other employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. We are adept at drafting, developing and implementing employment agreements, policies and procedures.

Price Transparency Information

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA’s) Transparency Rules require us to provide transparency about our prices for particular types of work, including:

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

These prices are our view of the typical costs for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims at the Employment Tribunal, where the matter proceeds all the way to a conclusion at a final hearing, based on our experience of these types of cases over the years.

  • Simple case: £7,000 – 12,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Medium complexity case: £9,000 – 14,000 (excluding VAT)
  • High complexity case: £11,000 – £22,000 (excluding VAT)

For your information, factors that could make a case more complex include:

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 disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • Where it is necessary to make an application (or respond to an application) for further and better particulars
  • The duration of the hearing and whether any preliminary hearings are required
  • 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

Please note that the above estimates are based on unfair or wrongful dismissal claims only. If your case involves other legal issues such as whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, or wages claims, then we will provide an estimate once we know more about your case.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties or to us, such as travel expenses or photocopying costs. Disbursements including a barrister attending the hearing can range from £400 – £3,500 plus VAT depending on the length of the hearing and experience of the barrister. Clients will be informed as early as possible about the costs of the barrister.

We generally handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process, but may sometimes require a payment on account before the costs are incurred. We will inform you if this applies to your case.

Key stages

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 the merits of the case and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)

Entering into early conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;

  • Preparing the draft claim or response for your approval, finalising it, and submitting it to the Employment Tribunal
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process (in accordance with your instructions)
  • preparing or considering a Schedule of Loss
  • Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • preparing the bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements, and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • agreeing on a list of issues, a chronology, and/or cast list
  • Preparation, attendance, and representation at the final hearing

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the fee may be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This may also be arranged, depending upon your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during early conciliation, your case is likely to take less than a month. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, then based on current Employment Tribunal listings your case is likely to take a year or more. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses, but please note that the timescales are often outside our control.

Who will work on my matter?

One of our team of solicitors will handle your matter. For more information about our solicitors, please see ‘Our Team’ page. If a solicitor carries out the work for you then their work will be supervised by Jhangir Mahmood.

The name of the person dealing with your matter will be agreed with you at the outset and they will be your main point of contact throughout the case.

Making a Complaint

You can find our complaints procedure at https://bljlaw.co.uk/complaints_procedure/

However, you can directly report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) who can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic. You can find information about raising your concerns with the SRA at https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/ .

When reporting to the SRA, please:

  • set out your concerns clearly,
  • identify individuals you consider responsible,
  • attach any evidence you have in support.