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Employment Tribunal Services for Employees

We regularly advise employees on Employment Tribunal claims and all other aspects of employment disputes.

Our clients include everyone from directors and senior executives through to entry-level workers.

As an employee, you have rights under the law that employers must respect. If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital. This will allow you to get a clear picture of whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.

Our employment lawyers offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best available outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.

LCF Law Solicitors | Leading Legal 500 firm 2021Legal Directory LEGAL 500 (2021 Edition) has this to say about our Employment Law Team

LCF Law’s employment practice focuses on the healthcare sector, with a client base of GPs, dentists, care homes and other SMEs. Practice head Liz Henry specialises in handling senior and director exits, while associate James Austin focuses on representing clients before the Employment Tribunal in discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Our expert team have years of experience, so have almost certainly dealt with similar situations to the one you are facing many times. We will explore all the options available to you, helping you determine a course of action that fits your circumstances and personal priorities.

We know that value for money and overall costs really matter when pursuing an employment claim, so will provide you with an estimate and keep you updated on costs.  This way, you can be confident we are handling matters for you in a cost effective and efficient way.

If you decide to make an employment tribunal claim, we can offer strong experience in handling Employment Tribunal proceedings and appeals. Our team can provide the robust arguments, skilled judgment and lateral thinking need to prepare your case and achieve the best available outcome.

Whether you wish to settle a claim or fight it at tribunal we will advise you on the best strategy for you and any additional fees involved.

LCF Law Solicitors | Leeds | Bradford | Harrogate | Ilkley | Lexcel Accreditation | We are proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.

Our fees for bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you.

We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example as an individual you may have insurance which can cover your legal fees. (e.g. legal expenses cover included in your home insurance)

There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.

Factors that may influence this include the need for:

  • Filling out and submitting a claim form outlining your case to the relevant Tribunal centre
  • Reviewing your former employer’s response to the claim
  • Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
  • Reviewing any Orders made by the Court
  • Whether an Employment Tribunal Hearing is required
  • Making any further applications to a Tribunal on your behalf
Case TypeRange of Costs
Simple case£6,000 – £12,000 (inclusive of vat)
Medium complex case£12,000 – £18,000 (inclusive of vat)
High complex case£18,000 to £36,000 (inclusive of vat)

If a solicitor is required to attend a Tribunal hearing there will be a charge of up to £2,400 incl vat (£2,000 + Vat) per day. This won’t normally be necessary where Counsel is conducting the advocacy for you and the case is straightforward

Generally, we allow 2/10 days for a Tribunal Hearing, depending on the complexity of your case.

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

Barrister’s fees, which include preparation, are estimated between £900 incl vat ( £750 +VAT)  to £1,800 incl vat (£1,500 +VAT)  per day (depending on the experience of the Barrister) for attending a Tribunal Hearing.

In the event that the issues become more complex, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of any extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • 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
  • If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal

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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 18-52 weeks.

This is just an estimate and depends on various factors, including the availability of Tribunal time. We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Preparing your claim
  • Reviewing and advising on the response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing and preparing a 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 a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel


We are committed to providing a high quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.

If you have a complaint about our delivery of employment tribunal services our complaints policy will assist you with who to contact and enable you to understand the procedure that will be followed.

Other Services -

Settlement Agreements, Disciplinary meetings, Unfair dismissal, Constructive dismissal, Bullying and harassment , Discrimination – race, sex, age

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    Our team

    Liz Henry

    “Elizabeth Henry of LCF Law is an experienced employment lawyer, with notable expertise advising on senior executive exits. One client calls her “professional, efficient and effective,”Chambers UK (2019 edition)

    James Austin

    “James recently defended a spurious tribunal claim by a former employee for us. He assisted us from the receipt of the claim form to carrying out the advocacy at the Tribunal. Not only did we win but the ex-employee was also ordered to repay costs we had incurred”Glen Nursing Home.

    Gemma Sherbourne

    Gemma is a Senior Associate solicitor in our Employment Law department.

    Based in our Leeds office, Gemma carries out the full range of employment services.