Defending Employment Tribunal Claims

Dealing with employment tribunal claims as swiftly and effectively as possible for your business

Liability relating to claims before, during or after an employee’s time with your business can be costly, disruptive, and stressful. Our aim is to take on that stress for you so you can concentrate on the bigger picture – managing your business. We’ll take the weight of managing the employment tribunal claim for you, helping to limit the impact to your business, keeping cost to a minimum and striving for the best possible outcome.

Minimise disruption with a well-managed employment tribunal claim

Our team of employment law solicitors can support you with:

  • Exploring your options thoroughly: We’ll first assess the situation, offering advice on the likely value of the claim and potential award if applicable. We’ll also review all documentation and advise you as to the best route to take for your business, exploring pre-claim conciliation before going to Tribunal.
  • Drafting ET3 Defences to Tribunal claims: We’re experienced in carefully reviewing ET1 claim forms, consulting thoroughly with you to discover all the facts of your specific case and drafting precise and comprehensive ET3 Defences (and where applicable Defence and Counter-claim forms).
  • Assisting with the settlement of claims: If it is in the best interests of your business and the employee is prepared to participate in reasonable settlement discussions, we can assist with that process, to conclude a settlement agreement or COT3 agreement on your behalf.
  • Organising the Tribunal process and representation: We are able to significantly reduce the pressure of a Tribunal claim against your business. We’ll ensure that you have all the documentation necessary to meet specifications set by the Tribunal. Should you require an industry expert or barrister to represent you, we can organise this on your behalf, using our team’s experience and wide-ranging, expert contacts.

We’ll help you defend against claims such as:

  • Unfair dismissal following gross misconduct offences (including theft from employer – both property and data)
  • Constructive unfair dismissal cases (particularly the removal of senior executives)
  • Sexual harassment
  • Wide range of discrimination claims, including maternity discrimination and disability discrimination
  • Unfair dismissal claims following a redundancy
  • Unauthorised deductions from wages
  • Unfair dismissal following performance management/capability proceedings

What our clients say

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Benefits of seeking professional support with an Employment Tribunal claim

Reduce time spent on trying to research how to best run a defence when our experienced employment solicitors can do all of this for you from an early stage. Meanwhile, you can continue to focus your time and energy on running your business.

Involving a specialist employment solicitor from an early stage ensures that you follow the Employment Tribunal procedure as you should and do not give default judgment or other advantages to an employee making a claim against your business.

We will seek to find and exploit advantages your case has but will also be honest with you about the potential value of any claim against your business and its chance of success.

If your prospects of successfully defending or counterclaiming are not good, we might suggest settlement and can expertly guide you. As the Employment Tribunal is a public forum it is critical to balance risks to your business and impact of a loss at an Employment Tribunal on your business’ reputation.

As experienced negotiators, we’re familiar and confident discussing directly with the employee or their representative, or through ACAS. We not only have an experienced team of employment solicitors here at Harper James – we have also built up a range of highly experienced contacts such as barristers who specialise in particular types of employment claims, which you can benefit from.

Who we help: Start-ups and scale-ups with fast-developing teams

As your business grows, accessing expert legal support is invaluable. But accessing it at a reasonable price from experienced solicitors that you can rely on is not always so simple. As champions of entrepreneurship, we aim to provide legal advice that’s cost-effective, holistic, and always from an experienced team. That’s why we created our legal subscription plans, helping you build a consistent partnership with our solicitors who will take the time to get to know, not just the matter at hand, but your business strategy and how best to support it with an ongoing relationship.

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

Across the team our employment solicitors specialise in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from complex company restructures and redundancies and TUPE transfers, to producing employment contracts and HR policies and procedures for our clients. Our employment law solicitors have been recruited from top 100 firms or in-house counsel at top international businesses, and all have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience. Find out more about the employment law team here:

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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