Under the employment tribunal’s rules of procedure, the emphasis is on tribunal proceedings being the last resort. Parties are encouraged to resolve their disputes prior to the commencement of tribunal proceedings or prior to any hearing.
It is now mandatory for you to approach Acas for early conciliation before you bring most claims. Although you must make first contact with Acas personally, from that point on we can liaise directly with Acas on your behalf if you would like us to do so.
If you’re considering bringing an employment tribunal claim, you’ll want to deal with it in the most cost-effective way, both in terms of your financial outlay and time spent.
We’ll find out from you what you consider the best outcome will be, take time to understand your concerns and the merits of the claim and work with you achieve the best possible outcome.
Our experience shows it is essential to ensure the correct legal issues are identified as early as possible and the relevant facts are clearly set out in to the tribunal. We make sure you understand what needs to be done and when, so the claim is properly managed and you are fully prepared for any hearing. It’s then entirely up to you as to the extent of our involvement – if you want to prepare your own submissions for our review, that’s fine by us.
If there’s an opportunity for a claim to be settled on satisfactory terms during the course of the proceedings, we’ll always talk you through those opportunities.
Whether dealing with claims for unfair dismissal or discrimination, unlawful deductions from wages or the most complicated TUPE claims, we’ll be in your corner to achieve the best possible result for you.
Finally, you should be aware that there are very tight timescales for bringing claims in the employment tribunal, usually three months less one day from the relevant act about which you are complaining (although these may be extended by your involvement in Acas’ early conciliation programme).
Please contact a member of the employment team to discuss any issues relating to bringing employment tribunal proceedings.