Tribunal proceedings can be very stressful for employers; current or ex-employees can make claims on a wide range of grounds including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE or discrimination. If you receive a tribunal claim notification form (an ET1), there are also strict time limits for responses even if you are hoping to settle the claim and not get as far as the tribunal hearing itself. Despite attempts to make Tribunals more informal and streamlined, the reality is that the tribunal system is filled with jargon and governed by a special set of rules of procedure which can make the whole process bewildering.
In addition, employers are faced with the whole range of Claimant tactics such as Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act (GDPR from 2018), Discrimination Questions/Responses or attempts to involve a regulator/adverse media coverage to increase the pressure on an employer to settle a claim.
Our team of experienced employment lawyers have decades of tribunal know-how between them at all levels of the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and beyond and can provide expert advice and representation to get to the right result for your business.
Many employer clients worry about uncertain legal costs in the Employment Tribunal system and that the costs versus the commercial benefit will get out of control. Our lawyers are true specialists and do not do anything else other than employment tribunal work so this means that, following an initial specialist case assessment, at Ashtons Legal we offer fixed fees to certain stages in the Tribunal so you, our client, are in control of what you are spending.
We can offer you the following services if you are facing a tribunal claim:
- advising on ACAS Early Conciliation
- drafting and advising on your defence and Form ET3
- commercial Settlement and COT3 agreements
- dealing with the disclosure process
- drafting and preparing witness evidence (together with witness familiarisation)
- appearing as advocates or instructing specialist barristers for Final Hearing.
To discuss how we can advise, support and represent you in dealing with a tribunal or court claim, please contact Ashtons on 0333 222 0989, complete our online enquiry form or email email@example.com.