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Employment Tribunal Advice & Support from Farleys Solicitors in Blackburn

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

This isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, and it should only be an option once all other means of resolution (such as early conciliation) have already been exhausted. The same is true for grievances or disciplinary issues.

Before you proceed with early conciliation or an Employment Tribunal, it’s best to seek the expert guidance of a professional solicitor. There are a number of reasons for this, but foremost amongst them is that the decision of an Employment Tribunal is legally binding, and therefore legally enforceable.

Here at Farleys Solicitors LLP, our experts have extensive experience in Employment Tribunals, and our pool of in-depth expertise encompasses
unfair dismissal, discrimination, unfair deductions from pay, breach of contract, failure to consult employee prior to redundancy, and issues regarding equal pay.

We’re able to provide tailored advice to our clients at every stage of the legal process, as well as provide expert representation when your case is brought before the tribunal.

For more information, or to speak to one of our experienced straight-talking solicitors, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0845 050 1958, or feel free to email us on info@farleys.com. We’re here to help!

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What is an Employment Tribunal?

Essentially, an Employment Tribunal is an independent judicial body that has the power to pass judgement on disputes over employment rights. Although not as formal as a court, the decision of an Employment Tribunal is legally binding. As such, Employment Tribunal claims should only be pursued as a last resort, once all other resolution methods have been exhausted.

What claims do Employment Tribunals cover?

Employment Tribunals cover a number of claims, making judgements on issues relating to:

  • 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. During an Employment Tribunal, employers must prove or submit at least one fair reason for dismissal in order for the Tribunal to rule in their favour. In the eyes of the law, most fair reasons for dismissal tend to be centred on one or more of the following:

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

In order to increase the likelihood of your case’s chance of success, we’d generally advise that you retain all records of relevant communications between you and your employer – including phone conversations, texts, emails and any other written communication.

How long will an Employment Tribunal take?

Employment Tribunals have no set predetermined timescale, as it’s strongly dependent on the specifics of each individual case. However, it’s generally accepted that Employment Tribunals can take anywhere up to 12 months. As soon as we’re able to collate all the relevant information for your case, one of our Employment Tribunal solicitors will be able to give you a more accurate timescale.

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

Yes – you’re required to submit your application for an Employment Tribunal within 3 months of the date that your employment ended, or within three months of the date upon which the incident in question occurred. Some applications may occasionally be accepted outside this time frame, but only in exceptional circumstances.

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

Who’s involved in an Employment Tribunal?

Any Employment Tribunal will generally involve the following parties:

  • The judge, who will hear the case and make a decision based on facts
  • The claimant, who is making the claim against the employer
  • The respondent, which is generally the employer or their representative
  • The witness/s, who will be called upon to give evidence
  • A lawyer or solicitor, who may present the case for either the respondent or the claimant

In certain cases, some additional non-judicial tribunal members may sit in to evaluate the proceedings for themselves.

Do I need a solicitor at my Employment Tribunal?

It’s strongly advisable. The relatively large timescale and complexity involved in a typical Employment Tribunal means that it’s a good idea to begin any claim by first employing a specialist solicitor during the Early Conciliation process. This can help facilitate the process so that it goes a lot more quickly and smoothly, and ensure that your interests are consistently well represented. Ultimately, this may make a crucial difference to the success of your claim if your case proceeds to an Employment Tribunal.

Guide to Employment Tribunals

Certain aspects of Employment Tribunals can be particularly complex, making them difficult to get a handle on at first glance. That’s why here at Farleys, we’ve produced a helpful guide which can help you kickstart your claim if you’re thinking about proceeding to an Employment Tribunal. It provides a basic introduction to the key steps involved, and a brief explainer of some of the most critical legal terminology. Fill in your details below to get your FREE copy!

Contact an Employment Tribunal Specialist in Blackburn

Farleys Solicitors LLP is a friendly, trusted, and straight-talking local firm with over 50 years of experience in serving clients in Blackburn 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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