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Defending employment tribunals

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Legal advice and support defending employment tribunal proceedings

Defending employment tribunal proceedings can be time consuming and expensive. We guide employers through the process and we are proactive in managing tribunal claims.

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Defending employment tribunal claims and identifying the risks 

Our Employment lawyers work with employers at the early stages of a dispute to identify the risks and the approach to a claim. It is important to assess how much a claim is worth and how much resource you want to dedicate to defending the claim. There are very limited grounds upon which an employer can seek to recover costs in the employment tribunal.

Commercial settlements and minimising costs

We will work with you to minimise the costs and achieve commercial settlements where that is appropriate for your business. We also recognise that for business or policy reasons, you may need to fight some cases (sometimes regardless of the merits of the case).

Guidance defending employment tribunal proceedings

If you are defending a claim, we will work with you to prepare a robust response and provide guidance on the various stages of the employment tribunal proceedings. At the end of a claim, we will review with you any potential training needs/policy changes and development.

We will also conduct a three hour detailed session with those involved in the claim with a view to everyone learning from the experiences of the action.

Insurance backed employment law advice

We also operate an insurance backed employment advice scheme. Subject to discussing your requirements in more detail, we can provide more information on this service and a quote. In outline, we can confirm the following key principles:

  • you get to use our specialist employment lawyers rather than call centre staff or unqualified advisers
  • your premium is flexible and depends on the extent of cover required
  • the advice you get will be practical, commercial and sensitive to your business' needs as opposed to simply risk adverse
  • the cost of the insurance product will be dependent on a number of factors, including the size of your workforce, your claims history and the extent of cover you require. 

The policy can cover:

  • awards, settlement and legal cost from the date of any potential dispute arising
  • awards, settlements and legal costs from the date employment proceedings

For specialist legal advice and support defending employment tribunal proceedings, please contact Gareth Edwards on 0117 314 5220.

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Meet the Team

Our employment lawyers based in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham provide specialist legal advice and support to employers of all sizes and in all sectors.

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Gareth Edwards - Partner & Employment Lawyer - VWV Law Firm
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