Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost me?

We are able to conduct certain employment tribunal claims upon a fixed fee/pay as you go basis. This means the cost of pursuing a claim against your employers will be affordable. The costs incurred will not be charged to you on a traditional time spent basis. Fixed Fee means no matter how long a Solicitor spends on a particular part of your case your costs will not exceed the fixed cost agreed. In addition the “pay as you go” facility also provides a means of budgeting the cost of bringing a Tribunal claim.

If a fixed fee/pay as you go basis is not suitable in your case we can discuss, and offer, a number of other funding options which our employment team will review with you.

You should check if you are covered by any legal expense insurance which might already cover you for any legal fees. You should check existing insurance policies such as your household contents insurance.

Unfortunately Legal Aid is not normally available for employment cases.

How long will my claim take?

It is difficult to say how long the case will take but we do try to be realistic. Most claims are heard between 3 to 6 months from the date the claim is issued at the Employment Tribunal. Your claim may settle so may not take as long as this.

If the claim is particularly complicated it may take longer than this because there will be more preparation needed and also the hearing may take longer than one day.

How long do I need to have been employed?

In order to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal you normally need to have 24 months service unless you have suffered discrimination related to sex (including maternity issues), age, disability, race, sexual orientation or religious discrimination

How much can I claim?

If you are claiming unfair dismissal, Constructive dismissal or your employment ended because of discrimination you can claim a basic award from the tribunal which is based on the number of years you have worked, your age and also your gross weekly pay (capped at a maximum level that is reviewed annually).

In addition you may be also able to claim a compensatory award which is based on your loss of earnings before the tribunal and after the tribunal.

If you have suffered discrimination you may also be able to claim an injury to feelings award.

Are there any time limits?

Yes there are and it is important to move quickly in order to make sure you do not lose your right to claim. If in doubt it is best to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible after the incident or the dismissal.

As a normal rule proceedings must be started within 3 months of the earliest event which has triggered the claim.

Can we act for clients who were employed in Scotland and Northern Ireland?

No because we do not have the necessary jurisdiction but we are happy to recommend another firm.

Tel: 0845 293 2729 . Email us . The Foundry, Euston Way, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4LY