Claims & Defences

Wiltshire employment solicitors guiding you through a claim and providing your defence

Wiltshire’s leading employment lawyers

How can Goughs
support you?

As you are already aware, employment tribunal claims can very quickly become incredibly costly processes. In order to protect yourself from a potential claim from an employee, whether current or former, the best advice is to be prepared and have an excellent procedure in place. 

Whilst the cost of seeking legal advice very early on may feel an unnecessary burden to carry, rest assured it really can save you a lot in the long run.

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Defending an employee tribunal claim

Firstly, seek advice from a qualified and specialist solicitor. Tribunals cases are very often complex and sadly many business owners attempt to take them on independently after taking advice from friends and family.  This doesn’t often satisfy the law. The result – a much more costly outcome. 

At Goughs we have the expertise in house to provide you with the right advice and guidance to ensure you are protected throughout the process. 

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David Philpott

Personable and professional.  Kevin is a contemporary and relevant employment lawyer.

2020-05-14

Mr & Mrs C

Friendly exact explanations on all legal aspects, helpful throughout and always with a smile.

2020-08-05

CH

Very approachable.  Kevin's advice was explained in a clear and concise manner, without a lot of technical jargon.

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Your employment law questions answered

You have 28 days from the date the tribunal sent you the claim form (the ET9), to respond. This initial correspondence will also contain other dates and deadlines which you must adhere to, so take note. Seeking advice now will give your legal team the most time to be able to prepare your defence.

Your response will need to be done via a formal ET3 form which Goughs can prepare on your behalf. 

The next step may be a preliminary hearing. This is a very important part of the process as it will lay out how the tribunal will wish the case to be conducted. 

You will then be required to ‘disclose’ any documents which are relevant to the claim.

Following disclosure a ‘hearing bundle’ will be compiled with all necessary evidence. The witness statements will need to be prepared and exchanged. 

The final stage is then the tribunal hearing including witnesses and an examination of the bundle of documents mentioned above. 

At Goughs, our employment specialists can draft and tailor contracts and policies to fit your business needs, whilst ensuring they are reasonable and enforceable. We can help with both writing and reviewing existing contracts and advising on breach of employment contract issues. 

We have built up many years of experience and our team not only offer advice to businesses but also advise on broader business planning issues and sit on various advisory boards, ensuring that our advice and expertise looks beyond the contract itself and ensures all advice really is in the best interest of the future of the business.

Why you should put your
business in Gough's hands

Locality

With offices throughout Wiltshire, we are here for face to face, or virtual appointments at a time to suit you.

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We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.

Experience

Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.

Your employment law team

Rebecca Dennis

Senior Associate, Head of Employment

Rebecca's professional background is unique in that she worked for more than 20 years as a barrister providing legal advice, drafting and advocacy for her clients and more recently provided specialist trouble-shooting services on employment law and employee relations at a leading international HR outsourcing company. She is now proud to lead the Employment Department at Goughs.

Kevin Basnett

Partner

Kevin deals with employment law matters in a pragmatic and logical manner to offer realistic, fair and reasonable recommendations to all clients.

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