If, as a business, you have been unable to deal with an employee dispute in-house then you may face having to defend an Employment Tribunal claim.
Once you have been served with a claim form (ET1), you only have 28 days in which to lodge a response (ET3) other-wise you may face default judgement or even costs against you. As such, it is important than once you have been served with a claim form to immediately seek legal advice and discuss with a specialist solicitor the best way to defend your position.
Tribunal litigation can be an expensive and lengthy process for both parties therefore it is important for businesses to properly entertain the mandatory Employment Tribunal pre-cursor known as ACAS Early Conciliation. This is a period of between 4-6 weeks in which the parties can discuss the proposed claim and discuss early settlement options.
Our employment solicitors are very experienced in Tribunal representation and we take pride in fiercely defending our long-term returning business clients.