Direct Access – Employment


Members of Chambers’ Employment team advise and represent both employees and employers in tribunals and courts across Kent, Surrey and London.

Our Barristers are frequently instructed on cases relating to discrimination, disability and unfair / constructive / wrongful dismissal. The team have a wealth of experience when dealing with matters pertaining to pregnancy, injury, alleged criminal behaviour, TUPE transfers, maternity regulations and redundancy.

For more information on our areas of specialism, and the profiles of the barristers who undertake this work, please visit our website –


Once you have made the claim, the tribunal will issue and action service on your employer (the defendant). Once in receipt of the paperwork, the defendant has 28 days to respond to your claim. This is a set time period. Following this, timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such as the type of claim issued, barristers’ availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents, court availability and the level of engagement from the other party. However, as a guide, the more straightforward cases tend to have a hearing date listed within two to six months of a claim being issued.


In most cases, we will charge fixed fees. A fixed fee means that we will charge you a set amount of money for a specified item of work. Below, we provide estimates based on ranges of fixed fees for barristers at Becket Chambers. The range of fees will factor in the varying experiences of our barristers and the nature of each case.

Stage of Case Range of Fixed Fees (estimates)
Initial Case Conference £250 plus VAT
Case Conference £250 – £1,000 plus VAT
Drafting Advice £300 – £1,250 plus VAT
Drafting Proceedings £300- £1,250 plus VAT
‘PTR’ (Pre-Trial Review) * £300 – £1,500 plus VAT
‘CMC’ (Case Management Conference) * £300 – £1,500 plus VAT
Trial £1,000 – £10,000 plus VAT
Appeal £1,000 – £5,000 plus VAT
Hourly Rate (where applicable) £80 – £250 plus VAT


* could be by way of a telephone hearing

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Please note that the fee ranges detailed above are estimates only. Please contact the Clerks on 01227 786331 for further information.