Bishopsgate Law employment tribunal solicitors represent claimants and employers at employment tribunals. Tribunals are the part of the courts system which hears cases where there are legal disputes around employment law.
Claims that can be brought before an employment tribunal cover many areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from pay, and discrimination in the workplace.
Compensation for unfair dismissal consists of a basic award, which is related to statutory redundancy payments, plus a compensatory award. The maximum amount for compensatory awards is index-linked but in unfair dismissal cases the employee will usually not be able to recover more than one year’s pay.
Employment tribunals can make unlimited compensation awards in discrimination cases.
To qualify for the right to bring a tribunal claim for unfair dismissal, you will usually need to have been employed by the same employer for at least two years. There is no qualifying period required to bring a discrimination claim.
Strict time limits apply to employment tribunal claims, three months from the event the claim relates to in most cases.
Before making a tribunal claim, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has to be notified, and voluntary early conciliation will be offered. You need a certificate from Acas before you can submit a tribunal claim.
If you are an employer and you are facing an employment tribunal claim from an employee, we can advise you about defending the claim and represent you at the tribunal. We can also act for you during Acas conciliation, or conduct pre-claim negotiations if necessary.
Contact us to arrange to speak to a specialist to see if we can help you.
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We act for clients nationally from our offices in London, Hertfordshire and Northampton.
The dispute resolution and employment law team is based at our London office.