So, what are the initial stages of defending an Employment Tribunal claim?
If you receive an employee grievance, ACAS 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.