Unfair Dismissal Claims

An employee’s satisfactory performance, conduct and behaviour are crucial to the success and reputation of your business.

If an employee is disciplined or dismissed an Employment Tribunal claim may follow. The Employment Tribunal is now empowered to make substantial awards of compensation in relation to unfair dismissal. When advising clients we adopt the following approach:

Avoiding Claims

By working with our clients at an early stage we aim to avoid claims (where possible). However, we understand that commercial interests must be balanced against legal risks.

Early Assessment

Where a claim is unavoidable we provide an early assessment of the case to determine the merits, costs and associated risks.    

Consider Settlement Options

We fully explore the prospects of striking out (all or part of the claim) if possible. Alternatively where the claimant is unwilling to withdraw the claim we will prepare for hearing or (where appropriate) aim to achieve a favourable commercial negotiated settlement. We can also assist businesses to participate in the ACAS early concilliation, helping to ensure that the best outcome possible is achieved.

Attention to Detail and Attitude

Our attention to detail, vigour, enthusiasm, and experience, means we are able to fully prepare your case to its conclusion.

Balance

We don’t just act for employers. We act for employees too. This enables us to maintain a balanced perspective and advise on the likely Employment Tribunal outcome.    

Advocacy

Unlike many solicitors (who instruct a barrister to represent you at the hearing) we can prepare your case and act as your representative/advocate at the hearing. Of course if it is economic or otherwise sensible for counsel to be instructed we work with respected and well known chambers specialising in employment law.

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