Employment Law

Employment law is a complex and ever-changing beast so when you face an employment issue, whether that’s discrimination or unfair dismissal, you need a solicitor on your side who is not only understanding, but who has a firm grasp on every aspect of employment law.

Our team of employment specialist will help you to quickly resolve disputes, avoiding lengthy and expensive tribunals whenever it is possible.

We can help with a variety of employment disputes, including:

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Breach of Contract
  • Harassment and Bullying at Work
  • Discrimination
  • Maternity and Paternity Rights
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Tribunals
  • Settlement Agreements

Speak with one of our friendly and experienced employment specialists today to help keep your career on track.

Helpful Facts & Figures

Employment Law facts & figures
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Employment Tribunal Fees

A range of funding options are available in Employment matters including hourly rates, fixed fees, DBA’s and insurance-based funding. The hourly rates are between £130 to £250 (excluding VAT) per hour.

Example Costs

The costs of pursuing or defending an Employment Tribunal claim are difficult to estimate without further details. We advise they you should contact one of our experts on 01228 522215 to discuss the matter. This will enable our experts to provide you with an estimate based on your circumstances.

There are a number of factors that can determine the costs of Tribunal proceedings including (but not limited to):

  • The number of witnesses
  • The stage of our instructions
  • The documents that are required
  • Other elements of employment laws such as discrimination
  • The need for initial (preliminarily) hearings
  • The length of the estimated hearing

The average costs* of a one-day hearing could be around £4,000 – 5,000 + VAT depending on the circumstances. For multi day hearings the average costs could be around £5,000 – £10,000 + VAT. More complicated multiday hearings may exceed this average.


You may have to pay disbursements as you progress your case. These are costs payable to third parties, such as court fees. You may in Employment Tribunal matters wish to instruct a Barrister or Counsel to represent you. We will discuss this with you during your matter. Our solicitors carry out most of the advocacy on Employment Tribunal matters themselves.

There are currently no Court fees for pursuing an Employment Tribunal claim since they were abolished in 2017.

What Does This Cover?

The fees set out above cover all of the work required to take the matter from initial instructions to a final hearing. They do not cover the costs of enforcing any judgement if this is not received.

In Employment Tribunal matters the level of work and key stages depends on the individual circumstances of the case however this is likely to include:

  • Taking your initial instructions
  • Considering and reviewing your documents and advising you in writing of your prospects of success and likely award;
  • Initial discussion with the other party or their representatives;
  • Further negotiations through ACAS early conciliation;
  • Preparing the Employment Tribunal documentation such as a Claim (ET1) or Defence (ET3);
  • Preparing a quantum schedule detailing your loss and expected reward;
  • Preparing for and continuing the Employment Tribunal process including:
  • attendance at meetings or Preliminary Hearings;
  • exchanging documents with the other party;
  • witness statements;
  • the bundle of documents;
  • attendance at a final hearing.


As with costs much depends on the case and its circumstances, and we will update as your case progresses. If the matter is resolved quickly then the timescale should be within 2-6 weeks of your instructions. However, most matters that settle prior to hearings do so in an average of 8-16 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks depending on the likely length of the hearing. This is the average time provided by ACAS, however much depends on the listing availability at the Employment Tribunal.

*Please note the costs and estimates given above are solely in relation to wrongful or unfair dismissal claims.

Employment Services

Employment law is complex and ever changing, getting it wrong can be disastrous for your businesses’ finances and reputation. At Bendles we are experts in employment law. We have helped many businesses through difficult and stressful situations, so we’ve got all the necessary experience and insight to help you.

Hiring your own HR person is expensive and not something most small businesses can do. By using Bendles to stay on top of employment law you can save money and time.

Whether you need help with just one aspect of employment law, something more in depth, our team of employment specialists are here to help.

We can provide:

Our retained Employment Law package provides you with comprehensive Employment support, all the documents that you need, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your business is protected.

All packages are bespoke to your business needs and requirements. Our service provides you with a designated Solicitor as your point of contact. All packages are based on affordable monthly, quarterly or annual charges designed to meet the requirements of your business.

What’s Included:




Comprehensive Plus


Health Check



Employment Law Advice

Employment Tribunal Support

Legal Updates

7 Hour per year on site support*

Tribunal Representation**

Out of Hours Service

 *Worth over £1,500

** Optional Insurance Package

Why choose us:

  • No joining fee – just a fixed monthly price
  • No lengthy 5-year contracts – just an agreed term
  • No hidden extras – cost agreed at the outset
  • No faceless call centre – designated lead person and face-to-face meetings
  • No legal jargon – straightforward legal advice put simply

Whether you need a specific question answered quickly, legal advice on an ad-hock basis or specialist support or representation, including advocacy, our team of Employment Law experts will be there for you.

We will be responsive to your businesses needs and provide you with bespoke advice, without you needing to pay us a joining/registration fee.

Our Employment specialist are also experienced in providing bespoke Training Services for companies across Cumbrian and beyond.

Greg Morton

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Our Employment Law Team

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