How do I get as far as an employment tribunal and what does it entail?

Drafting and lodging an ET1 (the claim form) is the first step. An expert needs to do this because amending your claim can be problematic once it has been lodged with a Tribunal. After this, the employer will reply with an ET3 (the response) and this will arrive with grounds of resistance. A pre-trial hearing will then be organised and the whole case will be timetabled. In order that you voice is heard, this is when you need to be represented.

If your employer has in their possession all of the documents, then this is an opportunity for you to obtain specific disclosure. You the claimant then have to get a schedule of loss drawn up, outlining exactly what losses you are claiming for. Extreme care has to be taken with this because any errors on the form could result in you losing the case and being forced to pay out legal costs. As the claimant, you are then required to get a witness statement prepared and exchange of documents  in preparation for trial will take place with the employer’s employment solicitor. 

The last step is for the case to be seen at an Employment Tribunal which can take place over a 2 day period. At least one of our firm's representatives/employment solicitor's will act for you here at Employment Lawyers in London. We will offer support, and guidance through the whole process, or alternatively we can offer you assistance with the ET1, offer you specific employment legal advice, write witness statements or prepare a loss schedule. Please call us to discuss how we can best assist you as an Employment Solicitor in London.

The Employment Appeals Tribunal:

Both you or your employer have the option of applying for either the decision to be reviewed or making an appeal following the case conclusion. The Tribunal would re-visit their decision or the case would be reviewed by a higher court names the Employment Appeal Tribunal. If this occurs, the case may well take a long time to reach conclusion. It can become very complicated if a case goes to an employment appeal tribunal and it can often be associated with complex legal arguments. If you find yourself in this position, please call us to discover how we can best assist you with employment law advice.

If you believe that you would benefit from some help with an Employment Tribunal case, contact us straight away for advice at Employment Lawyer in London.

tribunal cases

Real World Example of an Employment Tribunal Case
Alexander* and his employer have been unable to reach agreement on an appropriate settlement and consequently the case has progressed to the Employment Tribunal. Alexander is unaccustomed with the legal system and he is unsettled with the prospect of attending court; he has concerns that his voice will not be heard, and he is also worried about what appears to be a huge amount of necessary legal documentation. Alexander will be fully responsible for his legal fees should he lose the case. In this situation, we would offer Alexander low-cost representation incorporating both the employment solicitor and barrister roles which will then eliminate the requirement for the high-priced, traditional type of legal advocacy. The entire process can be handled by us including filing the ET1 and loss schedule, as well as preparation to go to trial to defend on Alexander’s behalf.

*”Real World Examples” use fictitious characters in hypothetical legal situations unrelated to any of Employment Lawyers in London's previous cases.