Our team of employment law solicitors in Birmingham & Solihull provide a comprehensive service, covering all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and HR support.

All aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and HR support is covered through our comprehensive law service. Our expert team of Birmingham & Solihull based employment solicitors provide advice and support for every step of the employment tribunal process for both claimants and respondents alike.

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    Employment Tribunals Birmingham

    Employment tribunals are legal hearings that take place in order to handle disputes regarding employment rights between employers and employees. They are used when conflict cannot be resolved in a less formal manner, such as with review meetings. Employment tribunal claims can also be raised against a trade union. Whilst generally not as formal as court hearings, the decisions made in tribunals are still legally binding.

    When to Raise a Claim

    Disputes which often result in employment tribunals include, but are not limited to, issues involving:

    • Equal pay
    • Redundancy payments
    • Unfair dismissal
    • Sexism 
    • Racism
    • Discrimination based on religion or belief
    • Homophobia
    • Age disrcimnation
    • Disability discrimination
    • Sexual orientation and religion or belief can be taken to an employment tribunal to be resolved. 

    If you don’t believe that the dispute can be appropriately handled internally through the company itself, then it is vital to begin the process of lodging a claim for an employment tribunal as quick as possible. 

    How to Lodge a Claim

    In most cases, a claim must be three months of the last day of your employment (or of the incident which you are raising an issue with taking place). If you have missed this deadline it is important not to panic. An extension of time can still be obtained in many cases to resolve the dispute through early conciliation.

    Before lodging a claim with the employment tribunal, you must first submit an ET1 claim form. Prior to this, it is also a legal requirement to contact ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) and notify them of the dispute to see if there is any possibility of resolving the issue through less formal means.

    An expert employment law solicitor can  assist you in all of the necessary steps of this process, whilst advising what course of action is best to take in order to result in a successful claim.

    What Happens After a Claim is Made

    After the claim is lodged, the employee will be referred to as ‘the claimant’ and the employer will be known as ‘the respondent’. The individual or organisation against whom the claimant is in dispute will have the opportunity to formally respond by submitting their accounts of the event to the employment tribunal.

    After this, both the claimant and respondent will continue to provide evidence and relevant information in regards to their case. Witness statements will also be exchanged before the matter is finally progressed to a hearing at the employment tribunal. Both sides of the exchange will be in attendance at the hearing, alongside any formal representatives.

    Necessary questions will be asked at the hearing alongside all evidence which is given. In light of this information, the employment tribunal will come to a conclusion regarding whether the claimant making the claim has just reason for compensation, alongside how much this will be.

    If you are wishing to lodge an employment tribunal claim, or are having one made against yourself or your company, then it is vital to invest in the expert employment law advice and services of an experienced law firm. The solicitors you are working with must take the effort to understand the precise nature of your situation and help yourself and/or your company to reach an ideal conclusion.

    We offer services for employment tribunals in Solihull and Birmingham. Feel free to get in touch with us today regarding the employment tribunal process. We’ll be able to offer expert advice and guide you through the process to ensure the best possible outcome.

    We can help you

    • Draft/review employment contracts and policies
    • Draft settlement agreements
    • Defend Employment Tribunal claims
    • Defend Court claims
    • Deal with TUPE questions
    • Handle disciplinary action
    • Deal with redundancy/restructure programmes
    • Deal with equality and diversity issues
    • Deal with maternity/family friendly rights
    • Draft/enforce confidentiality/restrictive covenant provisions
    • Obtain injunctions against current or former employees
    • Defend injunction actions
    • Provide bespoke employment law training to staff/managers
    • Deal with any other employment matter
    • Arrange work visas and employment contracts for employees from overseas


    James Leo, Employment Law, The Wilkes Partnership, Coley & Tilley, Birmingham Solicitor
    James Leo

    Partner, Employment

    Pam Sidhu, Employment Law, The Wilkes Partnership, Birmingham Solicitor
    Pam Sidhu

    Senior Associate, Employment

    Jas Dubb, Employment Law, The Wilkes Partnership, Birmingham Solicitor
    Jas Dubb

    Associate Solicitor, Employment

    Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore

    Associate Solicitor, Employment

    Sarah Begley, Employment Lawyer, Solicitor Solihull
    Sarah Begley

    Solicitor, Employment

    Andrew Kealy, Commercial Dispute Resolution
    Andrew Kealy

    Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution

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    February 2021


    To our valued clients and partners,

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