We pride ourselves on being transparent and thorough with our fees. For a more accurate fee estimation to include your own personal circumstances please contact our Employment Law Team on 01256 844888.


To give you an indication of costs, please see below:


Fixed Fee Meeting


Scope of work: We offer an initial fixed fee appointment.

This Fixed Fee meeting is usually held at our office and lasts for one hour. You will see Karen Bristow or Hannah Lockyer, both qualified employment lawyers (further details can be found by clicking on her name or visiting Our Team page).


The meeting will include:

  • Establishing the details surrounding the employment issue
  • The background of the case
  • Establishing if you have a valid claim
  • Ascertaining the likelihood of success
  • Going through our process of how we work and;
  • Giving you an idea of costs and timescales



Hour Fixed Fee Appointment: £185

VAT: £37

Total: £222

Employment Tribunal (Unfair or Wrongful Dismissal)


Scope of work: The precise stages and timescales involved will vary depending on the circumstances*


In general the process includes:

  • Taking your initial instructions
  • Reviewing papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation to try to reach settlement
  • Preparing a claim
  • Reviewing and advising on responses from the other party
  • Exploring the settlement and negotiation process
  • Preparing a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing
  • Preparation and exchange of document bundles
  • Taking witness statements
  • Drafting statements
  • Reviewing the other party’s statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues and a chronology
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing including instructions to Counsel

*The stages above are an indication and some may not be required, in which case the fee would be reduced accordingly.


You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only use our advice in relation to some of the stages – this can also be arranged, depending on your individual needs and would be charged according to our hourly rates.


Hourly rates for our team are as follows:

Karen Bristow: £250 plus VAT

From time to time Karen will be assisted by her team, who includes:

Hannah Lockyer: £185 plus VAT

Amirah Butt: £125 plus VAT

Please click on the individuals name to learn more about their experience and qualifications.



If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take between 4 – 6 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 32 – 52 weeks.

It is very difficult to give accurate timescales as it will depend on the circumstances of the case, how co-operative other parties are and the court’s timetable. We endeavour to keep you updated with realistic timescales as your matter progresses.




Simple/Straightforward Case:


Our Fee: £1,500

VAT: £300

Total: £1,800


Medium Complexity Case:


Our Fee: £2,750

VAT: £500

Total: £3,300


High Complexity Case:


Our Fee: £4,750

VAT: £500

Total: £5,700


Attending a Tribunal Hearing: up to £1000 plus VAT per day (not usually required if Counsel is instructed).


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, not to Lamb Brooks. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.


Disbursements may include: Counsels Fees: between £750 and £1,500 plus VAT per day (depending on experience) for attending Tribunal Hearing and preparation.

* Factors that could make a case more complex include;

  • making amendments to claims
  • Providing further information on an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues, e.g. when claimant is disabled
  • The number of witnesses or documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim (e.g. dismissed after whistleblowing)
  • If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal.

For more information please contact our Employment Law Team who will be happy to help.


Please call our office on 01256 844888 or email enquiries@lambbrooks.com and our team promise to respond promptly.

Key Contacts

Karen Bristow

Partner & Head of Employment Law

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