What are employment tribunals?
When an employer and employee cannot resolve a dispute, they may take it to an employment tribunal.
These are examples of disputes which may reach employment tribunals:
- Breach of contract
- Deductions from wages
- Unequal pay
- Unfair dismissal.
At a tribunal, a judge will normally sit with a panel, decide who is liable in a dispute, and provide a Judgment. Their decision is legally binding.
How long do employment tribunals take?
An employment tribunal claim typically takes up to a year, but it depends upon the complexity. Our employment solicitors can provide a more accurate timescale once we have information about your case.
How much does an employment tribunal cost?
There are no costs involved in filing an employment tribunal claim. The only fees payable are legal fees. However, our employment lawyers may be able to act on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if your case is not settled, you do not pay any fees to us. We only accept employment tribunal claims that satisfy legal checks and are assessed to have a reasonable chance of success.
If an employee brings an unreasonable or vexatious claim against an employer, they may have to pay tribunal costs to their employer if they lose. For instance, if the case had little or no chance of success, the Employee turns down a good settlement offer, or they fail to disclose important information, they may have to pay costs.
What services do Davisons Law offer?
Our experienced solicitors will help you avoid a tribunal where possible by finding alternative ways to deal with employment disputes.
We can support you by:
- Advising you on how to raise an informal grievance.
- Supporting you through the formal grievance process.
Employment tribunals are always a last resort. However, if your case does reach a tribunal, we will make sure you are well represented, and we will aim to build the strongest possible case for you.
If you are an employee making a tribunal claim, you may not want to continue to work for your employer. In this case, we can help you negotiate a settlement agreement to compensate you and reach a resolution with your employer, allowing you to leave with an agreed financial package.
If you have already taken your case to a tribunal and the other party has won, please talk to us. It might be possible for you to appeal the decision, depending upon the strength of your case.