Dismissals & Employment Tribunals

Dismissals & Employment Tribunals

Dismissals occur when a contract of employment is terminated (either with a period of notice or immediately) or when a fixed-term contract was not renewed and expired on conclusion of the fixed term.

Where the employee/employer relationship is strained leaving the employee feeling they are being forced out. Rights may arise in respect of “constructive dismissal”.

Though employers should have a grievance procedure, it may be necessary to apply to the employment tribunal to resolve matters. There are strict time limits and you should get advice immediately once dismissal has taken place.

You should always check if you have the benefit of legal expenses insurance cover. This can be either through a specific policy or under the terms of home insurance. If this is the case the insurer will seek to refer you to a panel firm.  In most cases for claims and in some instances for defending a claim, you can insist on a free choice of solicitor.

For further assistance please contact us and we will also discuss with you the compulsory ACAS Early Conciliation procedure which takes place prior to proceedings through the Employment Tribunal. We can offer fixed fees so you are always aware of any costs.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) is an independent organisation that prevents and resolves employment related disputes.  Whilst ACAS is a well-known and well regarded organisation not many people are aware that it is now a requirement to notify ACAS prior to issuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Having come to the decision that you wish to take advice about bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal, you will need to participate in the ACAS Early Conciliation scheme.

We can assist with this and will do so on a fixed fee basis so you will know the cost.

If you have a query or would like to book an appointment please get in touch with our team on 01256 320555 or email mail@clarkeandson.co.uk.


  • paul-cowdery

    Paul Cowdery

    Litigation & Employment Director

  • Patricia Kinchington

    Legal Secretary

  • Laura Pink

    Legal Secretary