Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim2022-07-14T11:39:43+00:00

Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim

Defending an Employment Tribunal claim can be complex, stressful and expensive.

As a result, if not handled properly, an Employment Tribunal claim can result in your business paying out hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation. Therefore, it’s important you receive expert advice from the start. Above all, this may be challenging for SME’s who are unlikely to have access to a corporate lawyer.

However, we can help. Firstly, simply submit details of the claim including any evidence, by clicking on the button below. After that, it will be sent directly to one of our Employment Lawyers who will review your submission.

Then, we will contact you with the next best steps.

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How to defend an Employment Tribunal Claim

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So, what are the initial stages of defending an Employment Tribunal claim?

If you receive an employee grievanceACAS Early Conciliation notification, or Employment Tribunal claim form, it is very important that you contact an Employment Law solicitor.

Seeking legal advice at this early stage is absolutely vital to ensure that you are best placed to defend any claim from former or current employees. In addition, it could save you thousands of pounds as we are able to ensure that no costly mistakes are made in the early stages of a dispute, mistakes which come back to haunt you later on.

Timescale: How long does an Employment Tribunal claim take?

Currently, claims are taking longer than usual to get to a final hearing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore we estimate that your claim will be heard at a final hearing around nine to twelve months after the claim was received by the Employment Tribunal.

However, this timescale is likely to be much longer where preliminary hearings need to be held and/or the final hearing is two or more days in length. Of course, your lawyer will update you regularly regarding timescales as your matter progresses.

What happens at an Employment Tribunal?

Firstly, the Employment Tribunal makes decisions about employment disputes – this includes unfair dismissal, redundancy, and discrimination. Secondly, Employment Tribunal claims are subject to strict time limits. Furthermore, it is highly important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible otherwise, your defence could be dead and buried before it has even gotten off the ground.

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Lloyd Clarke
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Lloyd is a Partner of the firm and heads up Attwells’ Employment Law Department. As a result, he regularly undertakes work in the areas of civil litigation, data protection, and company/commercial.

Above all, he advises employers, employees, independent contractors, businesses, and individuals in contentious and non-contentious matters, regularly appearing in the Employment Tribunal.

Therefore, his typical week would involve advising upon settlement agreements, negotiating exit packages, drafting claims and defences to the Employment Tribunal or County Court (such as those relating to unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract, etc.), contracts of employment, staff handbooks and other HR documentation, advising on grievance and disciplinary proceedings, TUPE transfers, and poor performance/sickness absence and attending Tribunal.

Lloyd’s clients value his tenacity, attention to detail, communication, and negotiation skills, alongside my supportive approach to all of my client relationships.

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