Employment Law Fees

If you instruct one of our Barristers on a Public Access basis for routine Employment Tribunal proceedings, namely ordinary unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal proceedings, we are able to provide more specific guidelines as to pricing and timescales.
Please note these guidelines apply to advice and representation given to employers or employees in ordinary unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims.  They do not apply where there are other claims but the clerks will be happy to discuss this with you.


Timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such a Barrister’s availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents, and the other side’s approach. For guidance only, more straight forward Employment Tribunal cases tend to have a hearing date fixed within 6 months of a claim being made.


We may charge fixed fees for routine cases, which means we will charge a set amount of money for the work. Set out below are a range of fixed fee estimates for Direct Access Barristers at Magdalen Chambers. All fees are subject to VAT (where applicable) and there may be additional expenses such as travel and accommodation which are also not included. The level of fixed fee will depend on the seniority of the Barrister or the complexity of the case. For particularly complex cases, fixed fees may not be appropriate.

Advice in writing or in conference and drafting of any tribunal documents
Preliminary/Case Management Hearing* (1 hour – 1 Day)
Tribunal Hearing* – First Day ‘Brief Fee’
Tribunal Hearing* – Subsequent day(s) ‘Refresher fee’
Remedy Hearing* (to decide compensation) (1 hour – 1 day)
Advice on Settlement Agreement

* If the hearing is held remotely (telephone/Video) then this fee may be reduced.
* All fees must be paid prior to any work being undertaken by Counsel and are subject to the complexity of the case
* These fees are applicable for Direct Access cases only