Employment Tribunal Claims

Claims from disgruntled employees can present a significant risk to businesses, even where there is little or no prospect of success. 

With the introduction of employment tribunal fees in 2013 and the consequent huge fall in claims, we saw marked changes in the tactical approach of many employers and HR teams.  Many took a more relaxed approach to handling employment disputes adopting a more forceful approach than previously, based on a different assessment of risk.  However, with the subsequent abolition of fees in 2017, we have seen a huge increase in claims again.


Even if a claim has no merits, it can nevertheless have a significant effect on your profits, morale and reputation. Getting an early assessment of risks and liabilities in disputes may well save a lot of time, money and pressure in defending a claim.  In any potential claim, evidence will be important and will often be the difference between winning and losing a case, even if you are morally ‘in the right’. We will work closely with you to get you in the best possible position to defend claims and will fight for you when faced with an aggressive opponent.

With a long track-record of successfully defending claims, we can also provide our expert advice on tactics and settlement and will work with your teams to review any litigation (whatever its outcome) to make sure lessons are learned for the future.

Overall with any Tribunal claim our mission is to get the result you need and to support you though the process.


Recent experience includes:

  • Defending a school from a unfair dismissal claim
  • Defending a recruitment agency from a religious belief discrimination claim
  • Successfully defending an employment tribunal claim brought for unfair dismissal brought against a charitable organisation by its former CEO
  • Defeating vexatious claims for race discrimination and whistleblowing brought by a senior manager against a charitable organisation
  • Defending a further education organisation against a claim for unlawful age discrimination in recruitment
  • Defending constructive dismissal and disability claim for a manufacturer from an employee who left after a period of sick absence due to ‘stress and anxiety’.
  • Defending a marine business from a debt claim by a person who was a self employed seafarer
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Mark Roby

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Thank you for your expert advice, support and efficient service handling my case with sensitivity and empathy.  I am truly grateful and have no hesitation in recommending you and the firm.

Happy Client, January 2012

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