The UK has a modern but complicated set of employment laws.  It regulates many critical areas, from pay, dismissals, and holiday entitlements to disciplinary- and grievance proceedings.  However, UK employment law is often poorly enforced and unequal, especially in certain sectors.  

Our professional employment law solicitors see daily that most UK employment law is open to legal interpretation.

There are three crucial pieces of employment legislation in the UK today:

  • The Employment Rights Act of 1996 covers parental leave, dismissal, and redundancy rights.
  • The National Minimum Wage Act of 1998 introduced a minimum wage in the UK.
  • The Equality Act of 2010 bolstered laws on discrimination.

It can be tough to challenge any of these laws in an employment case against an employer. We are excellent employment solicitors who can help employees recognise their rights and show them what is fair. Whether this is for unfair dismissal, redundancy or arranging a settlement agreement.

The employment relationship gives both parties rights and obligations.  With Robertsons Solicitors, you’ll know where you stand.  As your employment law solicitors, we can help you act in any formal proceeding and help you state your case. 

Contact us to arrange a first consultation. We need first to get the ‘bigger picture’, and we will then guide you to the perfect result for your circumstances. We will only move forward once you understand all the matters and protections available to you.   

Our employment work is dealt with by Chris Barber and William Baird who together have over 10 years qualified experience.

Chris Barber - Chris is head of  the employment department and qualified at Robertsons in 2011. He has gained a range of knowledge in civil & employment litigation through his career.  He undertakes his own advocacy and is often praised for the way that he handles his cases.  He has tribunal experience and works closely with William Baird in bringing cases to conclusion with the best outcome for the client.

William Baird - Williams undertook his training at Robertsons and qualified in 2020.  During his training contract he was noted to be adept at employment law matters and qualified into the civil and employment team.  William is renowned for understanding the nuance that comes from complex employment law matters.  He has followed many cases through to tribunals and works to bring the best outcome for each of his clients.

At Robertsons Solicitors, we hope that cases settle without the need for you to take your employer to the employment tribunal.  If this can be done, it means that your legal costs are lower and matters are concluded quicker.

However, if cases can’t settle, then our expert legal team will ensure that you get the best representation for any claim.

All costs below attract VAT at the prevailing rate of 20%.

Settlement Agreements

If you are entering into a Settlement Agreement with an employer, our costs for providing advice  will be around £450 - £550  depending on the complexity of the matter. However, your employer will usually pay for your legal advice on your Settlement Agreement.

Estimate of other costs

Within our first consultation with you, we will be able to discuss your case and the likely fees that will be incurred, depending on the complexity of it.

Simple case:                               £750 - £1,750

Medium complexity case:       £1,750 - £5,000

High complexity case:             £5,000 - £15,000

Factors that could make a case be classed as a simple case:

  • only having to deal with ACAS as the matter settles with their involvement
  • settling the case by discussions with your employer prior to any claim being made

Factors that could make a case medium or high complexity:

  • if it is necessary to defend applications or to provide information about an existing claim brought by your employer;
  • making or defending a costs application;
  • complex preliminary issues such as whether you are legally defined as disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties);
  • the number of witnesses and documents;
  • if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, eg if you are dismissed after a whistleblowing disclosure;
  • allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

There are currently no court fees for making an employment tribunal case.  However, there may be disbursements for other matters depending on your case.  This could be, for example, medical records or expert reports.  Fees for a barrister are classed as disbursements.  Most disbursements will have VAT added.  Before incurring any disbursements, we shall discuss this with you and what the cost will be.

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the key stages of a claim:

  • taking your initial instructions, reviewing your documentation & advising you on the merits of your case (to be revisited throughout the matter & subject to change);
  • entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • preparing tribunal application;
  • reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party;
  • exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
  • considering a schedule of loss;
  • preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing;
  • exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
  • taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content;
  • preparing bundle of documents;
  • reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;
  • preparation for the final hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

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

Additional Fees

The estimate of fees generally include all the work necessary within a employment claim. However, it does not include our attendance at the final hearing. There will generally be an additional charge for attending a hearing of £750 per day. We would allow 1 - 3 days, depending on the complexity of your case.

Barrister’s fees estimated between £1,000 and £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a tribunal hearing (including preparation).

How long will your application 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 pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take around 4 - 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 1 to 3 months. 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.

Our Expert Team

Our expertise is how we maintain our strong reputation as a law firm.

Meet the Employment Team