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Defending Employment Tribunal Claims

Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Defending Employment Tribunal Claims


Employment law is becoming increasingly complex, not only because of legislation but the ways in which employees work – including part-time work, flexible work, contracts, freelance agreements, remote working and seasonal work.


It is more vital than ever that employment contracts and company policies and procedures are correctly drafted and updated to protect employers from claims at an Employment Tribunal.


Many employers simply do not have the time to acquaint themselves with all the changes in employment law. Ignorance, however, will be no defence when an aggrieved employee decides to take their case to a tribunal.


Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors have extensive experience in representing employers and defending employment tribunal claims, including claims brought under:


  • Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Employment Act 2002
  • Employment Relations Act 1999
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Working Time Regulations 1998
  • Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992
  • Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993.


In any employment dispute, it is advisable to take expert legal advice from Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors at an early stage, as many disputes can be resolved before the tribunal stage through negotiation, formal mediation, conciliation or arbitration procedures.


The Disciplinary, Dismissal and Grievance Procedures were introduced in 2004 – and unless an employee follows the code and co-operates in negotiations, it is unlikely they would be permitted to take a case to an Employment Tribunal. (The code does not, however, apply to claims involving redundancy dismissals or the non-renewal of fixed term contracts on expiry.)


However, it is vital for employers to seek legal advice on any issue involving an Employment Tribunal simply because the law is so complex – defending a claim will require evidence such as employee records, records of conversations and correspondence and witness statements to be prepared to support the employer’s defence case.


Duncan Lewis offers meticulously prepared case preparation and robust advocacy services to employers facing an Employment Tribunal.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How we can help you


Duncan Lewis employment lawyers act on behalf of claimants and respondents in all Employment Tribunal related matters, so can understand potentially contentious employment matters from both sides, including high-cost employment claims and Employment Tribunal procedures.


The Duncan Lewis employment team can represent all types of employers, both large and small, in matters under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and other relevant employment legislation.


Our employment law team will thoroughly prepare a case for a tribunal hearing – and can either present the case on behalf of the employer or advise on how they should present the case themselves, if preferred.


Duncan Lewis also has successful departments covering civil liberties and the Human Rights Act, as well as finance, property and housing, family and childcare, mental health, personal injury and immigration law – all of which may be relevant or offer additional insight into employment matters and employment disputes.


Our in-house experts are on hand to advise whenever necessary in an employment matter.


Fairness and reasonableness often underpin employer and employee relationships and how disputes are dealt with – Duncan Lewis employment lawyers can advise on policies and procedures which will help employers avoid a breakdown in their relationship with their workforce and help prevent employee claims at Employment Tribunals.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Fees


Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors operate a transparent fee scale – and can offer a range of competitively priced funding options to suit all sizes of business:

  • No-win-no-fee
  • Damage based fee
  • Contingency fee
  • Fixed fees (for specific tasks)
  • Insurance funded cases.
Duncan Lewis believes clients should always know what they will be paying – and will advise on the best funding option at the initial client meeting.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – When to contact us


If you have a problem with an employment matters and are being taken to an Employment Tribunal, it is important to take legal advice as soon as possible.


Duncan Lewis can offer clear legal advice on employment law at any stage of an employment matter – including advising on mediation, conciliation and arbitration in employment disputes and defending Employment Tribunal claims.


Duncan Lewis also has a successful track record in advising companies and employers on employment disputes and preventative measures to avoid an employee taking their case to an Employment Tribunal.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How to contact us


Duncan Lewis has offices nationwide and in most major cities, with more than 20 offices across London and the southeast.


For expert legal advice on employment law and defending Employment Tribunal Claims, call Duncan Lewis employment solicitors on 020 7923 4020.

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