It is a legal requirement that all employees, before bringing a
claim against the employer at the Employment Tribunal gives an
employer a chance to enter into conciliation. This service is
provided by ACAS. However ACAS does not provide legal advice
and therefore making the negotiation for settlement or resolution
of the matter with your employer quite a difficult and daunting
process. We can provide full support and negotiate with your employer
through ACAS on your behalf. Making your case a strong one during the
ACAS conciliation can show your employer that you are in
a very strong position legally and making the settlement
a much more likely and less costly outcome. It is often
better for you and your employer to resolve problems
using the ACAS grievance and disciplinary procedures before problems reach an Employment Tribunal claim.
Sometimes however matters cannot be resolved through ACAS. If you however believe that you have a claim against your employer we can help. We will always explore other alternatives to claim such as negotiating a Settlement or Mediation. If your claim proceeds to Employment Tribunal we will support you through the process so that the chances of success are maximized.
We will also assist you to apply for Fee Remission. ET fee can cost up to £250 to file a claim and up to £960 for hearing Fee. We will, if you are eligible, assist you with an application for Fee Remission so that you do not have to pay this fee.
If you have been issued with the Settlement Agreement by your employer as part of your agreement to terminate the working relationship, it is a legal requirement that you seek legal advice on the terms and conditions of the settlement agreement for it to be valid. By signing the agreement, you are agreeing not to take any legal action against your employer and in return, your employer is agreeing to pay you a sum of money. Once the agreement is signed it cannot be varied, therefore correct and precise advice is very important prior to signing any such agreements.
We will assess your situation and be able to advice whether you should be entitled to more, or you have a potential claim against your employer. We will also assess and be able to advice if the level of compensation offered is reasonable.
We have successfully renegotiated settlement agreements with employers and have reached a number of higher settlement sums for the employees as a result, even when employees believed that no larger sum is possible. We have also successfully attained references to be added to the settlement agreement that ensured that our clients had a chance for a good alternative employment. In all cases, the employer was the one paying the fee of our legal advice and therefore if your employer does not offer this fee we can request it on your behalf.
In some cases we will consider representing you on a contingency fee (also known as a no win no fee basis)
this depends on your circumstances. If we cannot offer you a contingency fee agreement, we are likely to be able
to offer you a fixed cost agreement for your piece of mind. We will consider and discuss your options with you so
that the best and most cost effective solution is provided.