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Should I bring a claim?


Bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal can be a stressful, drawn out and costly exercise but by putting your case in the hands of experts you can make the experience as pain free as it can be.


Generally in a Tribunal case each party has to bear their own costs, whether they win or lose, and this will be a major factor to be taken into account when considering how you should proceed. We will discuss funding options with you, including legal expenses insurance and in some cases 'no win no fee' arrangements.

We will be open and honest with you about your chances of success and the likely value of your claim. We will discuss settlement options with you and give you our best judgment on any offer put forward. If your case does proceed to a hearing, we will provide you with the best possible representation.

There are strict time limits for bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal so do not delay getting advice. After an initial free chat with a lawyer, you can have your potential Tribunal claim assessed for just £600 plus VAT. 


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Acas early conciliation


Before you can bring your claim in the Employment Tribunal, you must notify the ACAS Early Conciliation Service of your claim.


The purpose of the ACAS Early Conciliation Service is to give the parties an early opportunity to explore settlement, as an alternative to the case going to the Tribunal.


Once you have notified ACAS, a Conciliation Officer will contact you to see if you want to explore the possibility of settlement. You are under no obligation to accept an offer put forward by your employer or former employer, although rejecting a reasonable offer can have costs implications for you if you go ahead with your claim, but is sensible to at least consider settlement and getting early advice on the strength and value of your claim will help you make the best decision. 

If you are willing to explore settlement, the ACAS conciliation office will act as a go between and if the case is settled will draw up the settlement document (COT 3) for the parties to sign.  If no settlement is reached, you will be provided with a certificate which enables you to proceed to the Employment Tribunal with your claim.

Click the button to go to the ACAS Early conciliation form. 




                          Meg Pennycook, our Tribunals specialist, acted for the Claimant in the following cases:



Goodwin v Addison Lee, London Central ET: successfully represented employee in claim of unfair dismissal, obtaining maximum compensation.

Ferreira v Jigsaw, East London ET: successfully represented employee in claim of constructive dismissal.


Cases successfully resolved without a hearing:

F v B Ltd – acted for employee alleged to have breached post termination restrictions;

S v U Ltd – acted for French Employee: claims of race and maternity discrimination;

B v M Ltd – advised company founder, removed from office as director and dismissed by new majority shareholder;

L v N Ltd – advised former senior employee in claim for failure to pay salary over period exceeding 18 months;

B v N Ltd – acted for Non-Executive Director in claim for payments due to him from Company.


What Our Clients Say:


Karen has always been incredibly responsive and gives balanced and considered direction in what is an unbelievably complicated area. Highly recommended

Tim Hedges, Director, ODC Door & Glass Systems Ltd

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