Our Pricing - Employers

Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim in the UK


Employees are the lifeblood of your business, and they have legal rights.  Employment law changes frequently, and a dispute between you and an employee can be awkward and expensive. We work closely with our clients to familiarise ourselves with their business so we can deliver commercially practical advice, seeking to prevent disputes if possible and win them if not. Our specialist employment team can deliver the support you need.

We understand that disputes are sometimes unavoidable. We have an excellent record in Employment Tribunal claims and in claims before the County Court and High Court. We have achieved substantial wins for our clients in varying industry sectors including financial services, high-end retail, education, manufacturing and law.

Often we can negotiate with the employee and resolve their claim before they file with the Employment Tribunal or court. If this is the case, we can sometimes offer a fixed fee for preparing the terms of settlement.

If it is not possible to settle their claim, we are ready to fight the claim on your behalf and advise you on the process. These key stages may include:

  • Negotiating with the employee to explore whether a settlement can be reached

  • Reviewing and advising on the employee’s claim

  • Preparing your response

  • Exchanging documents with the employee

  • Preparing your evidence and drafting witness statements

  • Preparing for and attending any hearings, either in the Employment Tribunal or court.

 

What will it cost to defend a claim?

The cost of defending a claim against you can vary but the earlier you come to us, the greater the chance we have to reduce your risk. Potential costs can range from £5,000 to over £20,000 depending on the complexity of the claim so if you think the case needs specialist advice, it makes sense to do so without delay.

Costs Orders are rare in the Employment Tribunal, occurring only in a small number of extreme cases, so regardless of the outcome it is likely that each party will be responsible for their own costs.

How long will it take to resolve the claim?

That depends on several factors. If settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case is likely to take less than 16 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, it is likely to take more than 28 weeks. Our employment lawyers will be able to provide a more accurate timescale as the claim progresses.

 

What can you do to reduce your risk?

Employment law changes constantly. You should review your core documents and processes, like your employee handbook and your grievance procedure, regularly to maintain compliance. When you’re already busy, the idea of keeping up to date with changes in rules and regulations can be daunting. This is where we can keep your business up to speed.

Our specialist employment team can assist you with:

  • Contracts of Employment

  • Policies and Staff Handbooks

  • Terminating employment

  • Redundancies

  • Enforcing restrictive covenants

  • TUPE

  • GDPR and compliance

Good policies and informed management can ultimately prevent a claim being brought against you. We will be glad to help.

Harassment: What if it happens in your business?

Harassment in the workplace is not a new phenomenon. Dr Ann Olivarius, our Senior Partner, brought a landmark case in this area and has been active in it for decades, giving seminars all over the world.  We continue to be at the forefront of this area today.   

We have all the resources needed to conduct efficient investigations of any complaints you receive of sexual harassment or other workplace misconduct.  Our reputation for fairness and independence will help assure that the results will be respected inside your organisation and among stakeholders.   

We can also review your policies on harassment so you can develop a comprehensive plan for deterring it and avoiding future problems.  A strong, positive workplace culture can help protect your business, and we can help you make sure that your personnel policies and procedures are contributing to it.

 

Please contact one of our employment team to discuss your needs.