Defending a Tribunal claim
No employer wants to find themselves in a position where they are defending an employee claim in the Employment Tribunal, which is why we work hard to make sure your policies, procedures and employment practices are completely up to scratch.
However, sometimes a claim cannot be avoided and when that time comes we are here to make sure that you have every chance of successfully defending it.
If you do receive notification of a claim against your organisation, it will normally be through the ACAS Early Conciliation Service. The clock starts ticking straight away so you should not delay in obtaining legal advice. Often it is what you say in your defence document – the ET3 – that will determine how the case develops and it can make all the difference between successfully defending the claim or losing it.
Whether you choose to handle the case yourself or instruct us to represent you, we are here to guide you through the whole process. We will advise on the strengths (and weaknesses) of your position and the best strategies to use to dispose of the case. That could involve an aggressive defensive approach or an attempt to achieve an early low value settlement – the choice ultimately will be yours. We are here to equip you with the necessary knowledge and understanding to enable you to make a decision that best suits you.
Surprisingly few employment law cases actually get as far as a full tribunal hearing, but if that is the course your case takes, we will provide you with the best possible representation. Normally that will be the individual lawyer who has been handling your case, assuring you of total continuity throughout the process, but sometimes, in particularly lengthy or complex cases, we will recommend representation by an experienced barrister from the Employment bar.