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Employment Tribunal Representation

Employment Tribunal Representation

An employment tribunal is an independent judicial body that aims to resolve disputes between employers and employees.

The types of claims you may take to a tribunal include, or relate to:

  • Discrimination (such as gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or disability)
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Redundancy payments
  • Unequal pay
  • Deductions from wages

Employment tribunals are less formal than the court process, yet the two processes are still alike in many ways.

For example, almost all hearings are open to the public. In addition, tribunals cannot give out legal advice, and they will require you and others involved to give evidence under oath.

Usually, the employee will have to make a claim to tribunal within three months of the problem occurring, or he/she (the employee) employment comes to an end.

At the hearing you have 3 choices:

  • Represent yourself. This costs nothing (other than the employment tribunal hearing fee)
  • Have a solicitor or barrister represent you
  • Have a solicitor and a barrister present

Contact our Litigation Solicitors:

If you would like to enquire for any matters regarding employment tribunals please complete our online contact form here or send an email to us at [email protected] and one of our solicitors shall call you back.

Alternatively, please call our litigation solicitors in Manchester on 0330 127 8888 for a no obligation discussion.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

It makes sense to settle out of court if you can do so on reasonable terms. But you should certainly consider fighting if:

  • The other party is plainly in the wrong, but cannot be brought to see it
  • There are mitigating circumstances which are likely to have a big effect on any award you might have to pay
  • You believe a settlement would send the wrong message to other employees, and give rise to more trouble in the future

It is mandatory for all cases to go through Early Conciliation with Acas, before they can proceed to a tribunal.

Yes, you will be able to call witnesses and, if relevant, this will help your case. You can obtain witness orders to compel witnesses to come forward, if you need to.

Probably yes. Encourage your witnesses to be factual and polite. If you are cross-examined, follow the same procedure. Try to stay calm and do not lose your temper – it will not help your case.

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