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Employment Tribunal Solicitors
Legal guidance from expert employment tribunal solicitors to provide you with the best chance of success when facing a claim.
If you have received notice that an employee has filed one or more claims in the employment tribunal against you or your company then you will need experts you can rely on to guide you through the process.
Why choose us to represent you at employment tribunal?
We have an impressive 95% success rate in winning employment tribunal cases, which proves that you are in safe hands. You can trust that we will be able to provide you with top quality legal guidance and have the interests of your business and professional reputations at heart.
Our straightforward approach to handling employment tribunals and transparent costs alleviate the pressure on you, so you can focus on your most important asset; your business.
Our employment tribunal solicitors will provide you with:
- Control over your costs – you can choose from cost-effective pricing options so you can effectively manage your legal spend. Our solicitors can manage the whole case for you, be involved in specific elements of the tribunal process or provide ad-hoc advice.
- Peace of mind– you will receive a project plan of key stages and milestones, enabling you to utilise your management time effectively.
- The best chance of success – we give honest expert advice so you can make informed choices and commercially strategic decisions and our guidance will prepare you for every stage of the process.
This short animation explains what happens at each stage of an employment tribunal case and how Brachers will support you throughout.
Recognition of our expertise
We are one of the largest Employment and HR teams in the south east, supporting clients from family run businesses to SMEs and large multi-national firms.
Both the firm and our employment lawyers are recognised in leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers UK and we are once again ranked in the top three law firms in the Kent Legal Sector Review.
We pride ourselves on our relationships with our clients, many of which span multiple generations. This strong partnership has enabled us to establish ourselves as specialists within a number of sectors including education, healthcare, construction, agriculture and rural, and charities.
Get in touch
If you are facing an employment tribunal claim or would like to discuss ways in which you can avoid claims, then book a free online appointment with us to find out how we may be able to assist you. Alternatively call us on 01622 690691.
For more information take a look at our Employment Tribunal Claims Advice Booklet or our ‘Employment Tribunal Claims for Businesses Pricing overview’.
We also have some articles and webinars that you may find useful:
- Current employment tribunal trends: the growth in whistleblowing claims
- The latest employment tribunal guidance for employers
What is an employment tribunal and what happens at each stage?
Employment tribunals are specialist employment ‘courts’ that provide a means to solving disputes between employees and employers. Tribunals cover a range of cases such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract, victimisation, whistleblowing and unpaid wages.
Tribunal claims are heard by a tribunal panel comprising up to three people; an employment judge, who will run the proceedings; a person representing the employer and a person representing the employee. Some types of cases can be heard by an employment judge without the other panel members.
For examples of our experience and expertise in employment tribunal claims please review our case studies below.
NHS Trust 1
We successfully defended a claim brought against the Trust by a bank worker for unlawful deduction from wages. Despite having no contractual documentation available, the judge concluded and, accepted our arguments based on witness evidence and the client’s Handbook that the claimant was a bank worker, engaged on a zero hours contract.
The Trust was therefore entitled to suspend the claimant with no pay and the worker was not entitled to claim unlawful deduction from wages.
NHS Trust 2
We acted on behalf of the Trust and an individual employee of the Trust named as second respondent, in successfully defending an employment tribunal claim for constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, race, disability, marriage or civil partnership and sex.
We filed a robust response denying the claims. We pointed out the claimant’s failure to adequately particularise her case and that the claim had been issued out of time and the employment tribunal should not exercise its discretion to extend time.
We applied to have the claimant’s claims struck out at a preliminary hearing. At the hearing the employment judge confirmed that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear any of the claims as they were out of time. The judge went so far as to state they were ‘egregiously’ out of time.
A college of further education
We acted for the client, and a senior manager, in a claim brought by an employee for constructive unfair dismissal and outstanding holiday pay and other payments.
We drafted a response on behalf of our client including arguing that the respondent had not been correctly identified. We also advised on strategy for the case.
Following receipt of our response, the claimant withdrew their claim in full.
GP medical centre
We acted for the three partners at the respondent GP practice who were all named in a disability discrimination and breach of contract claim brought by a former partner in the employment tribunal.
We represented the respondents at a successful judicial mediation hearing which took place remotely during the pandemic.
We negotiated with the claimant to agree terms to settle the employment tribunal claim and future partnership claims, successfully avoiding the need for the matter to proceed to a final hearing.
We were instructed on 21 March 2019 in relation to an employment tribunal claim for breach of contract and disability discrimination, in respect of which the response had to be filed by 22 March 2019.
We worked swiftly with the school to obtain appropriate documentation and instructions and file a robust response. In conjunction with this we followed a tactical approach of indicating to the claimant that her claim had no reasonable prospects of success and inviting her to withdraw her claim to avoid costs being pursued.
We were then able to successfully negotiate settlement of the claim via COT3 (a legally binding agreement to settle actual or potential claims in the employment tribunal) with a small amount of compensation being paid.
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Meet the Team:
Chambers & Partners
They are professional, with a clear determination to provide exemplary service.
Catherine Daw and Colin Smith are highly experienced and very strong on strategy. Sarah Wimsett is a great up-and-coming lawyer.
An excellent team, particularly within the healthcare sector. Their cases are always extremely well prepared.
Chambers & Partners
They are excellent and have broad-based expertise. Crucially, their advice is delivered in a timely manner while maintaining accuracy.