Bishopsgate Law employment law solicitors represent claimants at employment tribunals, the part of the courts system which hears cases where there are legal disputes around employment law. We also act for respondents, employers who are defending an employment tribunal claim.
Claims that can be brought before an employment tribunal cover many areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, unfair 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 bring a claim for unfair dismissal, you will usually need to have been employed by the same employer for more than two years. There is no qualifying period required to bring a discrimination claim. Strict time limits apply to employment tribunal claims.
Before submitting a claim you have to contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), which will offer use of its voluntary early conciliation scheme. 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.
If a claim has already been lodged with the tribunal we can act for you and negotiate with the claimant or their representatives to try and settle the claim. We are experienced in providing pragmatic solutions to minimise liabilities and resolve problems in the most efficient and cost-effective way we can.
We act for clients nationally from our offices in central London and Hertfordshire.
We are dealing with the Coronavirus situation with our Business Contingency Plan in operation to allow us to continue uninterrupted provision of our services. We are functioning fully with our staff working remotely, and have systems in place to provide our services while making it unnecessary for clients to visit our offices.