The rules on bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal have recently changed, and employees must now go through the compulsory Acas Early Conciliation procedure before a claim can be made. This gives you the opportunity to settle your workplace disputes without going to tribunal, saving you time and tribunal issue fees, which have also recently been introduced.
Since the launch of Early Conciliation there have been numerous cases of perfectly good claims being struck out because of errors or missed deadlines by employees. You can avoid this by using our Early Conciliation fixed fee service and let us achieve the very best outcome for you.
The Early Conciliation process can be confusing. We are here to help you through the process and minimise the stress of handling the claim on your own.
We will explain what you are entitled to and handle the Early Conciliation claim on your behalf.
Workplace disputes can be very stressful; not only will you have the anxiety arising from the issue itself, but you may also be cautious about bringing a claim against your employer. If you have lost your job you are probably also concerned about paying your bills and incurring additional costs. At a time like this, you will need as much support as possible to help you make a successful claim.
We can deal with Early Conciliation on your behalf, leaving you to focus on more important things. We will:
It will probably be an emotional time for you. As employment law specialists can take a step back from your case and review it with fresh and impartial eyes, meaning that while we will be on your side and fighting your corner, we won’t be affected by the stress and emotions that can sometimes cloud someone’s judgement.
We will be able to tell you whether you have a strong claim to pursue to a tribunal or whether a settlement would be more appropriate, as well as advise you on the value of your case and terms of a settlement.
If Acas Early Conciliation isn’t successful we will be better placed to take on your claim and represent you in Tribunal proceedings.
Our Early Conciliation service fee is just £350 plus VAT, from start to finish.
Whatever your query, we're always available at the end of a telephone to help you sort out your employment and business matters. Ring us for a chat on 01225 632240 or use the contact form on this site.
We complete an Early Conciliation Notification Form and submit this to Acas on your behalf.
We will make sure the settlement protects you and that payment of compensation terms are watertight. We will check and explain all other agreed terms, for example a job reference or your tax position, and ensure that the agreement is enforceable and properly executed.
Acas Early Conciliation normally allows us up to four weeks to reach a settlement, which means there are no delays or hanging around. In most cases where we represent clients we reach a settlement within the 4 week deadline. If the ex-employer does not wish to settle out of court, the Early Conciliation can finish earlier, in which case Acas will issue an Early Conciliation certificate and you can then pursue your claim in the employment tribunal if you wish to do so. There will be a deadline for doing this and we will make sure you are aware of this, as Acas will not automatically give you this information.
Since May 2014, Acas Early Conciliation has been compulsory for the majority of claimants issuing claims in the Employment Tribunal although there are some limited exceptions.
You do not have to negotiate with your employer however your claim will not be accepted by an Employment Tribunal if Acas have not been notified of the potential claim first and issued you with a an Early Conciliation Certificate. [It is possible to obtain a certificate without trying to negotiate with your employer.]
You do not have to have a solicitor to represent you during the Acas Early Conciliation process but the statistics show that you have a better chance of getting the outcome you want with professional help.
The Acas Early Conciliation rules can be complicated, and as specialist employment solicitors we will help you identify what your claims are, how strong your case is, how much compensation you should be getting, and any other relevant factors (eg a decent reference.)
Our fixed fee service costs just £350+VAT which provides you with peace of mind that you will not be presented with a huge legal bill, regardless of the amount of time involved.
Simply telephone or email us as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, just ask us, that’s what we are here for.
Remember that the usual time limit for issuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal is 3 months from the end of your employment, or any other event complained of (for example discrimination), so you must act swiftly.
We look forward to working with you.
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Thank you for your help sorting out our case in the employment tribunal.
Thank you very much for all your help. I really wasn't sure my employer was going to agree to the settlement, but we have managed to achieve the best possible outcome and for that I am grateful.