EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL SOLICITORS - LONDON COMPENSATION CLAIM
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A London Employment Tribunal solicitor is a United Kingdom lawyer who deals with claims for compensation on behalf of employees or former employees against an employer who has acted contrary to law. Due to the complexity of the legislation a specialist employment claim solicitor usually only represents clients in claims where the Employment Tribunal has jurisdiction which includes :-
- unfair dismissal
- constructive dismissal
- sexual harassment
- sexual discrimination
- racial discrimination
- racial harassment
- disability discrimination
- age discrimination
An employment claim solicitor is able to call upon numerous statutes and regulations that are designed to protect employees from unlawful actions by employers and by other employees including :-
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
- Employment Rights Act 1996
- Sex Discrimination Act 1975
- Race Relations Act 1976
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Protection from Harassment Act 1996
- Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994
- The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
- Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
Claims for damages for unfair dismissal and discrimination or for re-instatement that cannot be settled by an employment claim solicitor as a result of negotiation are not dealt with by a court of law but are considered in a relatively informal manner by a London Employment Tribunal which consists of three members being the Chairman who is legally qualified and will preside over the proceedings together with two other members one of whom is nominated by an employers association and the other by a trades union.
Claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination or for re-instatement must be lodged by employment claims solicitors at the London Employment Tribunal within three months of the action complained of failing which they will usually become time barred and the opportunity to claim compensation may be lost forever. Lodging a grievance may extend the period by another 3 months. The maximum sum that can be awarded for redundancy and for unfair dismissal is capped at a maximum figure however there is no limit on awards for breach of contract, sexual, racial, age or disability discrimination or sexual or racial harassment.
If an employer and employee wish to terminate their relationship on agreed terms it is advisable to enter into a compromise / settlement agreement drafted by a specialist employment solicitor to provide certainty for both parties. It is important that an employee fully understands the content and any implications of such an agreement and it is a requirement by law, contained in the Employment Rights Act 1996 that advice on the terms of the proposed compromise / settlement agreement is obtained from a professional person which usually means a specialist solicitor or a qualified trade’s union adviser. In most cases the employer will pay or contribute towards the legal expenses incurred in receiving the legal advice on the agreement.
Our solicitors will give free initial advice on the merits of your potential claim, how much it might be worth and the procedure to protect your legal right to compensation. Expert lawyers will clearly explain to you about the time limits applicable to these cases and will give clear unequivocal advice about how the claim will be financed. The no win no fee scheme is available which means that legal costs are only charged in the event that the case is won. If the case is lost there is no charge whatsoever.
All UK solicitors are regulated by the Law Societies in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and can provide legal representation before Industrial Tribunals throughout the United Kingdom. If you would like a free assessment from an expert employment law solicitor on the merits of your potential compensation claim just use the helpline, email or complete and send the contact form.