ACAS Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunals
ACAS Early Conciliation is the first step before you can start an Employment Tribunal claim. You need to know what your claims are and what you want from your employer.
Early Conciliation is started by registering online within 3 months less one day of the issue you are complaining about. You need a certificate from ACAS that includes a number you have to include on your Employment Tribunal claim form.
The Employment Tribunal process itself can be complicated and daunting, and our employment & HR specialists are here to advise you on all issues, including time limits, completing claim forms, and dealing with Tribunal orders.
It’s vital that proper advice is sought on these matters. Failure to comply with the required procedures and orders at the right time can lead to:
- Your claim being struck out
- Paying a deposit to continue your claim
- Having to pay some of your employer’s costs of defending your claim
If you are thinking about starting a claim, our Employment Law team can:
- Provide you with a full review of the documents you have related to your case
- Give written advice on the merits and value of your potential claim(s)
- How you could fund them for a fixed fee
- Help enable you to take an informed decision on whether to go ahead with your Employment Tribunal case
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Employment Tribunal Fee
We offer a professional yet personal service at competitive prices, so you can be sure to receive a great value service with peace of mind over costs. We will always provide you with clear information about the costs involved in us handling your case.
There are a range of payment options depending on your case and Howells provides services with a range of fixed fees or competitive and affordable hourly rates. If your case is suitable and after an assessment of the case we believe it has good merits, we can also offer a damages based agreement (also known as ‘no win, no fee’). For further information see here.
2 steps to contacting Howells:
We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.
Our Employment team, is renowned for its no-nonsense, energetic and pragmatic approach. Its success isn’t just down to its extensive knowledge of the law, it’s also the way we pride ourselves on putting our client first, getting to know you and understanding what you want to achieve. To get the best results for you and achieve commercially sensible outcomes it is essential that we understand your business.
The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients. The professional guide, Legal 500, also ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire;
Legal 500 2018
"The 'friendly and approachable' employment team at Howells is known primarily for its representation of employees in tribunal claims. Clare Fowler and Tom Bernard jointly head the team, which is supported by head of civil litigation Graham Hogarth. Fowler has particular experience delivering discrimination advice, while Bernard is recommended for his 'balanced advice, thorough and clear communication' in relation to claims. The team has recently handled disability discrimination claims, in addition to unfair dismissal claims under TUPE. The practice also has experience acting for SMEs, including advising one employer on a complex redundancy matter."