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Employment Tribunal Advice & Support From Farleys Solicitors in Manchester

If you are an employee negotiating a dispute with your employer, whether you have recently been dismissed or are still in employment, you may be wondering whether to make a claim to an Employment Tribunal.

Before you take the next step and make an application, it’s worth noting that you need to have tried all other means of resolution such as any disciplinary appeal or going through a grievance process first. You also must have engaged Acas in Early Conciliation before you can submit a claim to the Employment Tribunal.

We’d always recommend that you speak to a qualified Solicitor before proceeding with your claim. Our own specialist solicitors have extensive experience with Employment Tribunals, and our scope of expertise encompasses unfair dismissal, discrimination, unfair deductions from pay, breach of contract, failure to consult employees prior to redundancy, and issues regarding equal pay.

Our clients trust us to advise them at every stage of the process, and we can also provide expert representation when your case is brought before the Tribunal.

If you need any more detailed information, or you’d like to speak to one of our experienced, friendly employment law solicitors, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0845 050 1958 or email us on We’re here to help!

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What is an Employment Tribunal?

An Employment Tribunal is an independent judicial body empowered to make legal judgement on disputes focused on employment rights. Employment Tribunals don’t have the same level of formality as a court, but its decisions are just as legally binding. This is a key reason why an Employment Tribunal claim should only be pursued as a last resort, and only once all other resolution methods have proven unsuccessful.

What claims do Employment Tribunals cover?

Employment Tribunals make decisions on a variety of claims, including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Failure to consult an employee prior to making him or her redundant
  • Breach of contract
  • Issues regarding equal pay
  • Discrimination relating to race, age, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, or physical or mental disability
  • Failure to follow correct procedure during the disciplinary or grievance process

Are there any fair reasons for dismissal?

There are generally regarded to be around five main reasons which might constitute fair dismissal. For an employer to defend a claim of unfair dismissal, they must prove that the dismissal was for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The employee’s conduct or misconduct
  • The employee’s capability, capacity, performance, or qualifications
  • The employee’s role is redundant
  • There is a Statutory Duty or restriction probating the employment being continued
  • There is Some Other Substantial Reason (SOSR) which can justify the dismissal

To maximise the chance of your claim being successful, it’s prudent to keep all records of any relevant communications between you and your employer, such as phone conversations, texts, emails, and any letters that you may have exchanged.

How long will an Employment Tribunal take?

The timescale of any given Employment Tribunal will vary, as the length of proceedings strongly depends on the specifics of each case. It’s generally accepted that Employment Tribunals can take anywhere up to 12 months. Once our own employment law specialists have collated all the relevant details for your case, we’ll be able to give you a clearer timespan.

Is there a time limit on when I can submit an Employment Tribunal claim?

Yes. A claim for an Employment Tribunal must be submitted within 3 months of the date that your employment ended. Alternatively, it must be submitted within three months of the date upon which the incident in question occurred. Applications may sometimes be accepted outside this window, but only in exceptional mitigating circumstances. Here at Farleys Solicitors, one of our qualified experts will be able to go through all the details of your claim in advance, and advise you on the relatively likelihood of its success.

Who’s involved in an Employment Tribunal?

As a bare minimum, any Employment Tribunal tends to involve the following parties:

  • Judge – who will hear the case and make a decision based on evidence
  • Claimant – the person making the claim
  • Respondent – the employer or the employer’s representative
  • Witness/s – anyone called upon to give evidence
  • Lawyer or solicitor – who may present the case either for the claimant or the respondent

Do I need a solicitor at my Employment Tribunal?

Given the potential length of the process, and the legal complexities often involved, we recommend that you begin any claim by employing a specialist solicitor during the Early Conciliation process. This can help make everything much simpler, easier and more straightforward, and increases your chance of making a successful claim if matters proceed as far as an Employment Tribunal.

Guide to Employment Tribunals

If you’re considering making a claim to an Employment Tribunal, our employment team at Farleys have produced a handy guide which you may find helpful. It walks you through all the key steps involved, and gives useful explainers of some of the most important legal terms that you’ll hear throughout the process. Fill in your details below to get your FREE copy!

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Contact an Employment Tribunal Specialist in Manchester

Farleys Solicitors LLP is a friendly, trusted, and straight-talking local firm with over 50 years of experience in serving clients in Manchester and across the North West. Our solicitors draw upon a wealth of knowledge and industry-specific expertise in order to answer all of your most pressing questions regarding Employment Tribunals for employees.

At Farleys Solicitors, we know that each Employment Tribunal case is unique. That’s why, in addition to advising you on the best course of action, we also tailor our services to meet your specific needs, situation, and the circumstances of your case.

If you need to speak with one of our specialist solicitors about any of our services, feel free to give us a call on 0845 050 1958, contact us using the online chat feature on our website, or email us on We’re here to help!

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