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Employment Tribunals

We have extensive experience successfully defending employers, in a variety of sectors, who have received Employment Tribunal claims.

If you end up in the unfortunate position of being in dispute with one of your staff, you will want to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion quickly and minimise your financial exposure.

We understand that managing employment litigation is an important part of running your business.

If you’re unfortunate enough to receive an employment tribunal claim, we’ll assess your chances of success at the outset, and give you a commercial view on how best to proceed with the tribunal claim.

Defending your claim

With that assessment in mind, we’ll work alongside you and your business, understanding the level of risk you’re prepared to take and resources you have available to defend the dispute.

We’ll aim to get the best possible outcome from the case by preparing a robust response and bring the tribunal claim to a satisfactory conclusion.

Our methodology

Our approach for defending employment tribunal claims involves a robust defence, followed by a request for further and better particulars (FBPs) if required.

We will guide you through the process, ensuring we strategically consider our position and responses at every key stage, including:

  • Reviewing papers and advising you on merits and likely award against the business
  • Preparing/attending Preliminary Hearing
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation
  • Taking, drafting and agreeing on witness statements
  • Preparing your defence
  • Preparing/attending the Final Hearing

These stages are only examples and it’s important to note that some claims may require additional or fewer actions.  Our methodology is designed to force an early withdrawal of the employment tribunal claim, saving you time and money.

Planning ahead

Whilst guiding you through the tribunal process, we’ll gain valuable insight into your operations and upon concluding the claim, we may be able to identify areas in which we could offer support and training to prevent similar cases from arising in the future.

We have experience in defending claims involving:



We provide a range of estimated costs which you can access by clicking on the link below. For more information about how we can help and a personalised quote, please contact a member of our team below for a no-obligation discussion.

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  • How long does it take?

    The time it takes depends largely on the stage at which the case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case could take a matter of weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing in the Employment Tribunal, the case is likely to take several months. In some cases, because of the pressure on the Tribunal system, even years! This is just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information, and as the case progresses.

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"Nic is an exceptional lawyer with fantastic people skills. He was able to quickly get under the skin of our business, challenge us on how things should be structured legally and delivered documentation that is effective and simple to understand. He brings a wealth of large corporate experience and can apply it to your business whether you are an SME or a larger corporate. I can't ever see us needing to look elsewhere for our employment law needs."
Jonathan English, Managing Director – Skeleton
Actons advise on a wide range of employment and HR issues for owner-managed businesses and SMEs, as well as household name clients such as Iceland Foods and Bistrot Pierre. The team's key strengths include advising on Employment Tribunals, absence management and providing training. James Symons, who was promoted to director, is 'friendly, calm and incredibly knowledgeable'. Practice head Nic Elliott is an 'engaging partner' and maintains a strong 'rapport' with his clients.
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“They know our business and are able to relate very well to the circumstances of the situation and the impact that would have. They’re very approachable individuals and very engaging. They aren’t just a solicitor at the end of a phone, they actively want to be a part of it and to have an understanding of our business. Based on my personal experience of using Actons over the last 18 months, I would certainly recommend them.”
Diane Jones: Head of People Strategy – J Tomlinson
“I’ve worked with Nic and the team at Actons since I founded the business. They’ve supported our success and provided great advice at each stage as we’ve grown and developed as a business. They’re commercial, proactive and personable, and I can’t recommend them enough.”
Billy Berridge: Managing Director – Dewey Group
"Actons have acted for NEST Management Limited for over 10 years on all legal matters including a range of complex agreements, trademarks, property and employment. During that time Simon has been our key advisor and has helped us in all aspects of our legal requirements. We are delighted to work with Simon who we see as vital extension of our own team and an important part of our Company’s success."
Gerard Turvey, Managing Director of NEST Management

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