Employment Tribunal Claims

Our skilled team will help you find the right balance of cost versus benefit for employment tribunal claims.

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Employment Tribunal Claims

Expert advisors on employment disputes and tribunal representation

Before making a claim in an employment tribunal, it is essential to take legal advice to help you carefully weigh the potential time, stress and cost involved.

Unlike in other legal proceedings, in an employment tribunal it is customary for each party to bear their own costs. Therefore, even if you are successful, it is unlikely that you will be reimbursed for your costs by your employer unless their conduct has been unreasonable or vexatious.

Our skilled employment team has exceptional expertise in the field of employment disputes and tribunal representation. We will work closely with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances, including tailored practical advice to help you ensure that your matter is dealt with in a proportionate and cost-effective way.

Our pragmatic and realistic approach includes matching you with a legal representative who has the appropriate level of experience for your specific claim, including helping you consider how to resolve your dispute without the need for an employment tribunal hearing.

Please contact the team in St Albans, Harpenden or Luton to discuss your situation and guidance on our fees for employment tribunal claims.


OUr Employment LAW team


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Frequently asked questions

What is an employment tribunal claim?

Individuals can submit claims to the employment tribunal in connection with their employment or the termination of their employment.  Common claims include unfair dismissal, discrimination and unlawful deductions from wages.

What is the time limit for making a claim?  Do I need a solicitor to make a claim?

There are strict time limits for making a claim to an employment tribunal. In most cases, you have 3 months minus 1 day from the date of the incident you wish to complain about. 

You do not need a solicitor to make an employment tribunal claim, but it is recommended that you seek legal advice to understand your rights and ensure that your claim is properly prepared. The employment team at Taylor Walton are experienced in supporting individuals through these claims and will work to make sure the process is as smooth as possible for you.

If I win, does my employer have to pay any legal fees I have incurred?

Usually the answer is no.  Costs are the exception and not the rule in the employment tribunal.  Costs will only be awarded where one party has behaved unreasonably in the conduct of the claim.  Mostly employees will have to pay their own costs.

How do I make an employment tribunal claim?

Claims are submitted to the employment tribunal using an ET1 form.  You must explain the claim that you wish to make and the facts supporting the claim.  In most cases, you cannot submit a claim to the employment tribunal before you have undertaken pre-claim conciliation with ACAS.  This process was introduced to encourage parties to discuss settlement prior to commencing legal proceedings.  If the conciliation is not successful, ACAS provide a reference number which must be included in the ET1 form.

What happens after I make a claim?

After you make a claim, your employer will have the opportunity to respond and the case will proceed to a hearing if it cannot be resolved through conciliation.  Prior to the hearing various preparation will be required such as disclosure of documents and preparation of witness statements. The tribunal will hear evidence from both sides and make a decision, which may be appealed by either party.

How much compensation will I get if I win my claim? Can I settle my claim once it has been submitted to the employment tribunal?

This very much depends on the claim you bring and your personal circumstances.  Taylor Walton is able to advise on the potential value of employment tribunal claims to assist you in considering whether the legal costs you may incur in doing so, justify the action you propose to take.

Yes, settlement can take place at any time in the proceedings, including during a final hearing.


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