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Employment Tribunal Advice & Support From Farleys Solicitors in Accrington

If you’re a current or recently dismissed employee in the midst of a dispute with your employer, you may well be contemplating whether to make a claim to an Employment Tribunal.

It’s worth bearing in mind that an Employment Tribunal is only a viable option once all other means of resolution have been exhausted, such as early conciliation. This also applies to grievances or disciplinary issues.

The decisions of an Employment Tribunal are legally binding and therefore enforceable by law, so for that reason alone we’d always recommend that you consult a solicitor before proceeding with Early Conciliation or an Employment Tribunal.

At Farleys Solicitors LLP, our specialists have extensive experience with Employment Tribunals, and our scope of experience encompasses unfair dismissal, discrimination, unfair deductions from pay, breach of contract, failure to consult employee prior to redundancy, and issues regarding equal pay.

We can provide in-depth, specialist advice at every stage of the legal process, and can provide expert representation when your case is brought before the Tribunal.

If you’d like further information, or to speak to an experienced, friendly employment law solicitor at Farleys today, just give us a call on 0845 050 1958 or email us on info@farleys.com. We’re here to help!

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What is an Employment Tribunal?

In a nutshell, an Employment Tribunal is an independent judicial body which is empowered to pass formal judgement on disputes over employment rights. Whilst not as formal as a court, the decision of an Employment Tribunal is legally binding.

An Employment Tribunal claim should only be pursued as a last resort, and only once all other resolution methods have been unsuccessful.

What claims do Employment Tribunals cover?

Employment Tribunals are empowered to make judgements on a variety of claims, encompassing:

  • 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?

Yes. There are generally considered to be around five main scenarios which constitute fair reasons for dismissal.

During an Employment Tribunal, for the dismissal to be considered fair, employers only need to submit or prove that it was one or more of the following:

  • Due to an employee’s conduct or misconduct
  • Due to an employee’s capability, capacity, performance, or qualifications
  • Due to a redundancy within the business
  • Due to Statutory Duty or restriction probating the employment being continued
  • Due to Some Other Substantial Reason (SOSR) which can justify the dismissal

To better ensure the likelihood of your case succeeding, we generally recommended keeping all records of any relevant communications between you and your employer – including phone conversations, texts, and any emails or other written exchanges you may have had.

How long will an Employment Tribunal take?

The timescale of Employment Tribunals can be hard to definitively state, as they’re highly dependent on the specifics of each case. However, it’s generally accepted that they can take anywhere up to 12 months. As soon as we’re able to gather all the relevant information pertaining to your case, we’ll be able to give you a more accurate timescale so that you know what to expect.

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

Yes. You will need to apply to begin an Employment Tribunal within 3 months of the date that your employment ended, or within three months of the date on which the incident in question occurred.

In some cases, an application may be accepted outside this time frame, but only in exceptional circumstances.

Here at Farleys, our specialists in Employment Law will be happy to listen to the details of your personal claim, and advise you on the likelihood that it will be accepted.

Who’s involved in an Employment Tribunal?

At the very least, any Employment Tribunal will generally involve the following parties:

  • The judge – who will hear the case and make a facts-based decision
  • The respondent – the employer, or employer’s representative
  • The claimant – the party making the claim against the employer
  • The witness/s – any persons called upon to give evidence
  • A lawyer or solicitor – a legal expert who may present the case for either the respondent or the claimant

In some cases, some additional non-judicial tribunal members may sit in on the case to evaluate it for themselves.

Do I need a solicitor at my Employment Tribunal?

The significant timescale involved in the average Employment Tribunal, as well as the complexity of the law involved, means that it’s wise to begin any claim by employing a specialist solicitor during the Early Conciliation process. This can ensure that the process goes a lot more smoothly and efficiently, and that your interests are consistently well represented. This can make a crucial difference to the chances of making a successful claim if your case proceeds to an Employment Tribunal.

Guide to Employment Tribunals

The complexities involved in most Employment Tribunals means that they can be difficult to get a firm grasp on at first glance, so at Farleys we have produced a helpful guide which can help you kickstart your claim if you’re thinking about going to an Employment Tribunal. It walks you through the key steps involved, and explains some of the most pertinent legal terminology.
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Contact an Employment Tribunal Specialist

Farleys Solicitors LLP is a friendly, trusted, and straight-talking local firm with over 50 years of experience in serving clients in Accrington 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 info@farleys.com. We’re here to help!

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