Why would I need to use an Employment Tribunal?
If you are involved in an employment-related dispute with your employer, which has not been resolved by a grievance procedure, the next step is to make a claim against your employer. The case will be heard by an Employment Tribunal, which comprises (usually) a judge and two lay members.
The most common disputes that come before Employment Tribunals are concerned with unfair dismissal, redundancy payments and employment discrimination. Other cases might involve an employer failing to pay wages or whistleblowing.
If you wish to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal, you have to lodge the claim in most cases within three months of your employment ending or the problem happening. The time limit for cases of equal pay and for redundancy are, usually, six months.
To make a claim to the Employment Tribunal, it costs either £160 or £250 when starting their Employment Tribunal, depending on the type of claim, and a further payment of £230 or £950 for the actual hearing, again depending on the type of claim. The more expensive hearing fee is for claims for: unfair dismissal; equal pay; discrimination; and whistleblowing.
In all cases, the Employment Tribunal may not award damages that exceed £25,000 for all claims for breach of contract.
What happens if I lose or disagree with the decision?
If you lose your case, you can ask the tribunal to reconsider the decision (or ‘judgment’) if you lose your case. You must write to the Employment Tribunal office within 14 days of getting the decision, saying why you want it to be reconsidered. You have to have a good reason for asking for reconsideration, such as you think the tribunal made a mistake in the way it reached its decision, or there is new evidence.
You can also appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal if you think a legal mistake was made in an Employment Tribunal case. For example, you could appeal if you believe the Employment Tribunal got the law wrong (on which point you will certainly need expert legal advice), had no evidence to support its decision or was unfairly biased towards the other party.
Why use a barrister in an Employment Tribunal or in an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal?
In cases involving the Employment Tribunal, barristers are able to receive instructions directly from members of the public as well as through solicitors.
Barristers offer expertise in their chosen area of law. They can advise you early on whether you have a strong case or not. Barristers can advise on the best way to make your case, including advising on the right wording in the Employment documentation, and assist with the wording of correspondence. Barristers respond quickly, so you won’t be kept waiting to hear from them. They also explain things clearly. As expert advocates, barristers can represent you skillfully in any hearing, to make sure that your case is properly presented.
There is another very good reason to go direct to a barrister if you have an Employment Tribunal claim. Barristers offer excellent value for money: they are self-employed and have lower overheads than firms of solicitors, which enables them to offer more competitive rates.
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Represented a group of 7 Claimants against their public service employer in a multi-week action. Each of them were pursuing discrimination claims for differing heads of claim, including: Sex; Sexual Orientation; Discrimination by Association and Disability. I succeeded in achieving awards running into thousands for the Claimants.
Paul is now ten years Call and he is a specialist civil litigation and employment lawyer. Paul represented Team GB at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and, perhaps not surprisingly, is known for his strong work ethic and commitment to delivering a high standard of service to his clients.
During a decade at the Bar, Heather has built an impressive reputation in employment law, discrimination law and related areas. Client testimonials have praised Heather as a “highly competent and reliable counsel” who is valued for her “patient and professional conduct”, her “ability to analyse and grasp detailed information” and her “excellent...
A highly motivated and proactive direct access advocate, authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation, with over 30 years extensive legal and research experience. With exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills, who can be relied upon to provide an outstanding level of service to clients and handle a workload in a professional and...
Emma’s employment law experience includes representing clients in a variety of claims involving, for example, unfair dismissal, discrimination and “whistle-blowing”. Emma has also advised clients in high value restraint of trade claims.
Emma represents both employees and employers at employment tribunals in trial, at pre-hearing reviews and in...
Leslie specialises in all aspects of employment law in the ET, the county Court and the High Court. She also specialises in inquests and personal injuries. In addition to private organisations and individuals, she is instructed for and against NHS Trusts and Borough Councils and high-profile commercial entities (including financial services...
I am a barrister with 30 years experience. I represent employers and employees in Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the civil courts. I do all types of employment cases including unfair dismissal, discrimination and employment contracts. I have regular experience of obtaining and fighting injunctions in the High Court in an...
Employment disputes are stressful. Usually, the employee will think that the employer is in the position of strength, and that any possible challenge to the employer’s actions would be complex.
Billal’s employment law work focusses on helping employees to obtain justice for breaches of their legal rights. He is able to help clients with the...