• We can provide expert legal advice and/or support representing employees in relation to tribunal claims. Our lawyers can advise you when deciding whether or not to bring a tribunal claim or at any point once a claim has been issued.

    Recognition of our expertise

    We are one of the largest Employment and HR teams in the South East and 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 are a multiple award-winning law firm who pride ourselves on our relationships with our clients, many of which span multiple generations.

    How we can help

    Legal advice and support includes:

    • drafting the ET1 (claim form) to submit to the tribunal
    • advising you on the case, your prospects of success and devising a strategy to support the best outcome for you
    • liaising with your employer and/or their representative during the process
    • keeping you fully informed with regular updates

    We have advised many employees in relation to the following issues:

    • contract and pay issues
    • restrictive covenants and enforceability
    • discrimination including sex, race, religion, disability, age, marital status, religion and sexual orientation;
    • constructive unfair dismissal
    • redundancy
    • dismissal for misconduct
    • dismissal for sickness absence
    • unfair treatment connected with pregnancy or maternity leave
    • whistle-blowing
    • deduction from wages
    • bullying and harassment in the workplace

    Pricing

    To understand how our costs are calculated view our ‘Employment Tribunals for Claimants Pricing overview’

    Funding options for employees 

    If you are an employee looking for legal advice, you may find that there are options available to you to help fund your legal costs, in full or in part. 

    Legal expenses insurance

    Many people are unaware that they are covered for legal expenses through their insurance policies such as household or motor insurance. These insurance policies often cover legal expenses relating to employment law matters, such as bringing a claim in an employment tribunal. Policies can vary, however you may find that you do not need to pay any legal costs and are able to keep 100% of any damages awarded. 

    To find out if you are covered, we suggest you get in touch with your insurance providers and ask whether you have legal expenses cover for employment law claims. 

    Trade union funding 

    If your company operates a trade union, there may be a chance that they will provide legal advice and support to their employee members, often for no charge, depending on the nature of the dispute.   

    To find out if you are covered, we suggest you get in touch with your trade union representative. 

    Equality and Human Rights Commission 

    Funding for discrimination claims may be available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in limited circumstances.  The EHRC has its own funding criteria which vary from time to time.  Cases will usually need to set a precedent for the greater benefit of particular classes of employees before they can attract support from the EHRC.   

    Take a look at the Equality and Human Rights Commission webpage to find out more. 

Key Contacts - Tribunal Claims Advice and Representation:

Meet the Team:

  • Catherine Daw and Colin Smith are highly experienced and very strong on strategy.

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  • An excellent team, particularly within the healthcare sector. Their cases are always extremely well prepared.

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  • They are excellent and have broad-based expertise. Crucially, their advice is delivered in a timely manner while maintaining accuracy.

    Chambers & Partners
  • We are impressed with the Employment team’s sound advice and creative thinking. Their speed of response and ability to work closely in partnership with us is highly valued.

    Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust