Make an Employment Claim
Employees Solicitors in Bexleyheath, Blackheath & Petts Wood
Should you wish to make a claim against your employer, you are required to lodge an ET1 form at the Employment Tribunal. This is a document that sets out your claim. This document must be correctly drafted for your claim to be accepted by the Employment Tribunal. Moreover, since it will be referred to throughout Court Proceedings, if not properly drafted it could impact the outcome of the proceedings and the amount of compensation that you are awarded even if successful.
Time limitations are very important in Employment claims and must strictly be adhered to. The majority of employment claims must be presented at the Tribunal within three months. It is important that you seek for advice as to the date from which the three month period runs. For example, in dismissal cases, the time limit would be three months from the date of dismissal. If your matter relates to discrimination you must make a claim within three months of the act that you are complaining of. It is therefore essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss your deadline.
Once your ET1 form is lodged at the Tribunal, your employer will be provided with a copy and will have 28 days to respond. Your matter will then be listed for a hearing at the relevant Tribunal.
The Tribunal will require you and your employer to file witness statements as evidence to your case and you will also need to provide a schedule of loss. You are also required to exchange any evidence you wish to rely upon in your claim. We can advise you of the type of evidence that is needed to prove your case and the losses for which you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. This will take the stress away from you and we will progress your case as efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible.
Our Fees for Employment Tribunal Claims
Our prices listed below are subject to VAT and do not include disbursements, such as counsel’s fees for representation at Court or expert fees.
By way of an estimate, if you have a straightforward claim such as unfair dismissal, your costs will be between £4,000 to £10,000.
If you have a more complex case such as whistle-blowing or discrimination, your fees are likely to be between £7,000 to £20,000.
Throughout your matter, we will keep you updated with your costs and inform you if we are likely to go outside an estimate of your costs. We will always agree on the fees with you before undertaking the work.
Should you wish to act in person and use our firm to help you prepare a specific aspect of your case, we can reach an agreement as to your requirements.
Our prices above do not include disbursements.
Typically in a case, we will carry out the following:
- Advise you in an initial consultation of your prospects of success and likely compensation if you are successful.
- Enter into pre-litigation exploration such as making without prejudice offers or conciliating through ACAS.
- Prepare your ET1 or ET3
- Review any documentation sent by the other party in a case and advise you on the same.
- Preparing a Schedule of Loss.
- Preparing a list of disclosure and exchanging the disclosure.
- Preparing for any case management hearing
- Taking witness statements from any witnesses
- Preparing and agreeing on a trial bundle
- Reviewing any evidence provided by another party in the matter
- Agreeing on a list of issues and following any Tribunal orders
- Preparing for a final hearing including a brief to counsel
If a claim is straightforward, it will normally take between 3 to 8 months to complete. If your case is complex, then can be several years depending on the circumstances.
Should you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us on 0208 301 4884 and book an appointment to see one of our specialists today. Alternatively, you can contact us using the form on the right of the screen and we’ll get back to you.