Whilst it is better to try to resolve a dispute directly with an employee, there will be times when it simply is not possible. In those cases, you may be called before an employment tribunal. This can take a significant toll on your business with lost time, lower productivity, decreased morale, damage to your reputation, and financial costs. With Poole Alcock on your side you do not have to face it alone.
Our specialist employment solicitors will guide you through the process, outlining the choices available and recommending the best route for your case. If you do need to go a tribunal, we will guide you through the work of the tribunal panel, ensure you are fully prepared and help you achieve the best outcome for your business from the panel’s legally binding decision.
Please submit your information and a member of the Poole Alcock team will respond to you as soon as possible. If you have a quick question, please feel free to call 0800 389 7093.
In order to assess the claim made against you it is important to have an initial face to face meeting.
It is useful to have all of the relevant documents ready for this meeting.
During this meeting the Employee’s case will be considered.
The “ET3” is the document which sets out the details of your defence. It is important that the claims are properly defended and all relevant detail included.
It is preferential to have a meeting and work on this document face to face. However arrangements can also be made to deal with this on the phone or via email.
£1000.00 + VAT
The purpose of Preliminary Hearings is for the Tribunal to decide upon a timetable for the various activities leading up to a Trial.
This would involve preparing an Agenda for the hearing which itemises the issues to be considered and what evidence will be relied upon.
£500.00 + VAT
Telephone Hearing: £350 p+ VAT
In person: £500 + VAT
In some cases the Tribunal may agree for the hearing to be dealt with over the phone in order to save time and costs. However, this is a decision for the Tribunal and in many cases the Tribunal judge prefers the parties to attend in person.
Usually there will be no need for additional hearings before the Trial, however, this can happen if there are applications made by either side. Fees would be quoted at the time.
“Directions” are a list of activities which parties in an Employment Tribunal must carry out before a Trial. A failure to complete the activity by the set date may result in the claim being dismissed. The Tribunal can set directions on their own initiative or following a preliminary hearing which is mentioned below. These are the most common Directions:-
The Tribunal will order that both sides (Employee and Employer) to provide a list of all documents in their possession which are relevant to the case. We would need to meet and go through all of the documentary evidence and submit a list to the Tribunal and the Employer.
£750.00 + VAT
Witness Statements are a very important part of Tribunal proceedings.
It is preferable to meet in person to compile the statement but alternative arrangements can be made.
>£750.00 + VAT
In this document we would respond to the financial claims made by the Employee.
£750.00 + VAT
Employment Tribunals often order that the parties must prepare a list of the issues to be decided at Tribunal. This is designed to streamline the issues that are being considered in order to save Tribunal time. It is important that this document refers to the correct legal issues.
“The Trial Bundle” is the folder of documents which are required for the Trial. There must be sufficient copies for all parties, including the Tribunal panel and the documents must be organised in a specific way.
It is more common for the Employer to be asked to prepare the “Trial Bundle”.
£750.00 + VAT
The length of the Trial will depend upon the number of witnesses, amount of documentation and the complexity of the issues.
It is very important that everything is properly organised and prepared in advance of the Trial. This involves reviewing the information and instructing a Barrister to represent you.
Sometimes a Barrister may decide that they require a meeting with you before the Trial to discuss any issues and review the evidence.
£1,500 + VAT
Hearings listed for a full day: £1,250 + VAT
Hearings listed for 2 days: £3,000 + VAT
Hearings listed for 3 days: £3,500 + VAT