Representation during the ACAS Early Conciliation process – Before an employee can bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal, they must go through early conciliation.
We will submit your application to ACAS, and advise on the settlement. This will include what sum (wherein your best interests, represent you in all discussions with ACAS (4-6 weeks in duration), setting out your position clearly and effectively and where settlement is reached, ensuring that the terms of the COT3 agreement are favourable to you.
Reviewing the ET1 Claim Form submitted against the business – we will check the details of the claim with you, note your comments and take detailed instructions from you on the true course of events. We will collect any supporting evidence from you which will help support your defence and review these for you.
Draft and submit the ET3 Response Form – your business will have 28 days to file your response to the claim with the Employment Tribunal. We draft a detailed response on your behalf, setting the foundations for a strong defence of the claim.
Reviewing the Claimant’s Schedule of Loss and supporting documentation – The Claimant will be ordered to provide a document setting out the compensation claimed by him and evidence supporting those sums claimed. We will review this and seek to find holes in the same and thereafter advise you of your potential exposure.
Throughout the defence, we will liaise with ACAS. Where appropriate, we will seek to negotiate a legally binding settlement to save you the time, stress, and cost of seeing the matter through to a final hearing.
Prepare your documents – We will collect from you all documentation relevant to your defence, produce copies, prepare a list and send the same to the claimant.
Review the claimant documents – we obtain, review and discuss with you the documents provided by the claimant.
List of issues – Where ordered to do so, we draft and negotiate with the claimant a list of issues, to be referred to at any subsequent final hearing.
Hearing bundle – Prepare a bundle of documents for use at the final hearing (containing both sides documents) and seek to agree its contents with the claimant and provide four copies to the Tribunal, to be used at any subsequent final hearing.
Witness Statements – We take witness statements (maximum two statements), draft the statement, and agree with you its final content, ready for use at the Employment Tribunal Hearing. Once the content is finalised, we then undertake simultaneous exchange of witness statements with the claimant and review each witness statement received and discuss the same with you.
Instruct a barrister – Where required, we instruct a barrister to represent you at the hearing and take all steps to ensure the Barrister is fully briefed on your defence.
Attendance at the final hearing – we attend the final hearing, liaise with the barrister and our opponent and support the smooth completion of the final hearing.
Employment Tribunal Judgement – We receive the Employment Tribunal’s judgement and advise you on the findings.