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Our employment team has years of experience working with businesses helping them to defend tribunal claims. We provide comprehensive legal advice and representation manageable and transparent cost.

Settlement Agreement

You can try to settle the case at any time by offering to pay compensation to the claimant (known as a ‘settlement agreement’). We can help you to negotiate the best outcome.

Before the hearing

You’ll be given at least 14 days’ notice before the hearing – you’ll get a letter confirming this. You must prepare documents and arrange for witnesses to attend in advance.

Seltee,ent agreement

Preliminary hearing

You may be asked to go to an initial hearing (called a preliminary hearing) with the judge to decide on things like:

  • the date and time of a hearing
  • how long the hearing should take
  • whether there are any points to clarify before a final hearing

The tribunal will let you know if you’ll have to give evidence or provide any extra information.

Arrange documents

You can ask the claimant for documents that will help you with the case, and they can request documents from you.

Examples of documents include:

  • a contract of employment
  • payslips
  • details of a pension scheme
  • notes from relevant meetings
  • correspondence and emails

Usually, the tribunal will issue an order setting out a timetable for when you should exchange documents.

Organise witnesses

You can bring witnesses to the hearing if they can give evidence directly relevant to the case.

If you ask a witness to attend and they don’t want to, you can ask the tribunal to order them to come. You must apply in writing to the tribunal office dealing with the case.

At the hearing

You’ll present the case to the tribunal.

You may be asked questions by:

  • the judge
  • the claimant

Get a decision

You’ll be sent the decision in the post a few days or weeks after the hearing. In certain cases you may also be given the decision at the hearing.

If you lose the case

If you lose, the tribunal can order you to do certain things depending on the type of case. Examples include:

  • giving the claimant their job back
  • paying compensation if you can’t give the claimant their job back
  • paying witness expenses
  • paying compensationff or loss of earnings
  • paying the claimant’s legal fees

Paying compensation is the most common outcome of a tribunal. There can be limits to the amount of money a tribunal can award. There’s no limit in cases of discrimination.

Compensation is payable from the day the judgment is received.

Interest is charged from the day the judgment is received, but you don’t pay interest if you pay the whole award within 14 days. If you don’t pay, you can be forced to do so – this includes being taken to court.

The tribunal usually works out the amount based on the financial loss the person has suffered as a result of your actions.

Appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal

You can also appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal if you think the employment tribunal made a legal mistake.

Tribunal Representation

We can represent you at a tribunal hearing, anywhere in the UK, and throughout the proceedings to get the best possible outcome for you.

Upcoming Events & HR Training for Employers

As experienced HR Advisors and Employment Law solicitors we see first-hand how HR issues can affect both the employee and the employer.

Our training is very well received by attendees and is delivered by lawyers and HR advisors, with combined knowledge and expertise, in a practical way which works for your business.

Bhayani Law clients and charities get discounts on our training and some of our training is available at discounted rates with public funding between 40-100%.

Our events allow you to meet other businesses and build your connections, so do book if you want to come along.

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