Transparent and clear: our costs

Your initial consultation is always free.

If you want to instruct us to help you, there are different ways to get you specialist employment law advice without worrying about the cost.

We can work on a guaranteed fixed fee, capped costs, or at an agreed hourly rate.

Philip McCabe and Andrew Egan charge between £175 and £225 per hour plus VAT. Concessions and discounts may be available to charities, start-up businesses and individuals.

Depending on your case, we may be able to work for you so your insurer pays or on a no-win, no-fee basis.

Settlement agreements.

If you are an employee, we guarantee to limit our costs to your employer’s contribution – so it shouldn’t cost you a penny.

For employers:

    • Simple: £350 – £500 (excluding VAT)
    • Medium: £500 – £750 (excluding VAT)
    • Complex: £750 – £1,500 (excluding VAT)

Preparing and updating contracts of employment, workers agreements, consultancy agreements.

    • Simple: £350 – £500 (excluding VAT)
    • Medium: £500 – £750 (excluding VAT)
    • Complex: £750 – £1,500 (excluding VAT)

Preparing and updating staff handbooks and policies.

    • Basic: £350 – £750 (excluding VAT)
    • Medium: £750 – £1,000 (excluding VAT)
    • Complex: £1,000 – £2,000 (excluding VAT)

Advising on post-termination restrictions or contracts.

    • Simple: £500 – £750 (excluding VAT)
    • Medium: £750 – £1,000 (excluding VAT)
    • Complex: £1,000 – £1,750 (excluding VAT)

Bringing and defending claims for breach of contract, wages or unpaid holiday claims, unfair or wrongful dismissal.

    • Simple case: £2,000 – £7,500 (excluding VAT)
    • Medium complexity case: £7,5000 – £15,000(excluding VAT)
    • High complexity case: £15,000 – £50,000 (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 cost for attending a tribunal hearing of between £750 to £1,000 per day (excluding VAT) if we attend.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees, medical or expert reports and Counsel’s fees.

Counsel’s fees vary from between £750 to £2,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing.

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 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 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 a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
    • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of 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 may be arranged based 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 3-6 weeks.

If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 26 – 52 weeks. 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.

Legal Expense Insurance

Many of our clients will have legal expenses cover for a dispute as part of their commercial insurance. It is generally the best option to follow if you have it.

We will help you apply to the insurer to cover legal costs at the start. As soon as we sign the insurance agreement with your insurers, funding will be in place.

You have the right to use any solicitor you choose. If your insurer tries to compel you to use a solicitor from their panel, please refer them to us and we will insist that you instruct a solicitor of your choosing.

No-win No-fee

We are always willing to consider your case on a no-win, no-fee basis. Put simply, we don’t get paid if we don’t get you a settlement or win at Tribunal. It is often an attractive option at a time when your financial security is uncertain and other ways of paying aren’t available. You can find out more about no-win, no-fee here.

FREE first advice

Have you ever wanted to just ask an expert employment law solicitor if they can help you, without worrying about what it may cost to contact them?

Get in touch

We’d like to talk to you to see what we can do to help, so please either call us anytime for free on 08000 614 631, email us or use the form below.

Together we can work out what your next steps might confidence, at no cost and with no obligation.


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