An overview of our fees and timescales.


An overview of our fees and timescales

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £7-10,000 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £12-16,000 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £16,000+ (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (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
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a tribunal hearing of £1,200 -£1,500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days 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.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £500 to £2000 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a tribunal hearing (including preparation).

Key stages

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

  • 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)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from another 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 on a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing on a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at a 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.

How long will my matter 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 4-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 3-12 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.

Speak to a member of  our employment team for further  details.  Call 0300 124 0406 or email employment@schofieldsweeney.co.uk.


Immigration pricing

Types of service available

Listed below are the main worktypes that we undertake:

Obtaining a Tier 2/Tier 5 sponsor licence

  • Taking initial instructions and advising on eligibility
  • Advising on required documentation and reviewing the same
  • Preparing an application and advising on submission.

Price range – £1750- £2500 + VAT depending on volume and quality of documentation. In addition fees payable to the Home Office can be found here.

Obtaining a Tier 1 Global talent via

  • Advice on eligibility
  • Assistance with preparing personal statement and CV and obtaining a letter of endorsement and supporting documents
  • Advice on queries arising from Home office correspondence

Price range £500- £750 + VAT

Obtaining a General Tier 2 visa or Tier 2, Instra-Company Transfer Visa

  • Advice on eligibility
  • Advice on process and application and assisting with the same
  • Advice on queries arising from Home Office correspondence

Price range – £700 – £1250 + VAT

Obtaining a Tier 4 General Student Visa

  • Advice on eligibility
  • Advice on process and application and assisting with the same
  • Advice on queries arising from Home Office correspondence

Price range – £500- £750 + VAT

General advice and queries 

To be charged on a time basis in accordance with our normal hourly rates

How long will it take?

We should be able to deal with most applications within a two week period subject to all required documentation being obtained. If for any reason, we will not be able to complete your application within that period, then we will let you know as soon as possible with a revised timetable.

Applications will then need to be considered by the Home Office. A link to current likely processing times is available here

Who will do my work?

Your work will be carried out by one of our experienced immigration solicitors with all work supervised by a partner.

How can we help you today?

0300 124 0406