Employment Tribunal representation and advice for employers
Employment Tribunals deal with claims brought against employers by employees relating to their employment or its termination. These can cover a wide range of issues including:
Employment Tribunals can also hear claims against other bodies such as trade unions and professional associations.
From Summer 2013, charges will be imposed by the Government for making a claim to the Employment Tribunal. Fees to use the employment tribunal will be payable in advance, and most types of fee will apply to the employee bringing the claim. However, the Tribunal will have the power to order the unsuccessful party to reimburse the fee to the successful party. In practice, cases are often settled rather than there being a clear ‘winner’ or ‘loser’ and the issue of reimbursement would form part of the settlement.
The government is also considering whether to bring in legislation so that, before any claim is issued, it has to be sent to Acas first to see if their conciliators can settle the claim.
It is often better for you to resolve problems with your employee using the Acas grievance and disciplinary procedures before problems reach an Employment Tribunal claim. A third-party mediator can also help. We can provide a trained mediator. If a claim does reach the Employment Tribunal, any award can be increased or decreased by up to 25% if either side has unreasonably failed to follow the Acas Code.
Although employers can represent themselves in a UK Employment Tribunal, specialist employment tribunal solicitors increase the chances of successfully defending yourself against a claim. Tribunal rules are complex and losing or winning can depend on using the right tactics from the outset, so it pays to get advice from Employment Tribunal solicitors as early as possible.
If an employee is threatening or has already lodged a claim in an Employment Tribunal we can help. As well as advising on their prospects of success and the value of their claim, we can negotiate on your behalf, prepare your defence and represent you and your organisation at any hearing. In addition we can make cost warnings on your behalf if their claim is without merit to encourage them to withdraw without any payment being made. An Employment Tribunal can order either side to pay costs if it thinks they or their Employment Tribunal representation has behaved ‘unreasonably’ during the case.
We provide the expert advice that you need in order to make an informed decision about how to achieve the best outcome for you and your business.