Your Talents. Your Career. Your Life.
Maybe your job isn’t the most important thing in your life – but it’s right up there – and besides, it certainly impacts everything else that matters- your family, your relationships, your health and your financial wellbeing.
Problems at work can be sheer hell to deal with and it can be very hard to know what to do for the best. Or where to turn for advice and support.
When things go wrong with your job it can seem overwhelming but it needn’t be.
You’ve come to the right place
Let’s look at the circumstances where we can help.
Do you feel you are being treated unfairly at work and you cannot get the matter resolved? Is stress making you sick? Are you being bullied or harassed? Has your request for flexible working been refused? Talk to Tiger, we can guide you to the best outcome.
- DISCIPLINARY MEETINGS
Are you facing disciplinary proceedings and not sure what to do? Do you feel things are stacked against you? The first step is getting absolutely clear on what your rights and obligations are. We can help you prepare and even accompany you to the meeting to help ensure you get a fair and lawful hearing.
- EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS
If you are considering launching a tribunal claim and are unsure where to start and what your chances are – and how you can pay for it, we can advise you and if necessary, represent you.
- YOUR CAREER
Worried about a big interview? Want to make sure your CV is doing you justice? Looking for the best way to build on your talents? We are seasoned professionals who have sat on the other side of the desk. Our coaching will put you on course to achieve your ambitions.
Tribunals and Settlement Agreements
Making a claim against an employer at an Employment Tribunal should be considered a last resort. It’s a highly time-consuming and long drawn out procedure – an average of 27 weeks passes between filing your claim and obtaining a decision but if there are complicating factors this can extend to a year or more!
Employment Tribunals deal with any kind of dispute related to employment but in general, the most common are unfair dismissal, redundancy and claims based on some form of discrimination by the employer.
Since May 2017 it has been obligatory to notify ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) before you file a claim so an effort can be made to resolve the issue without legal proceedings. You are not obligated to participate, but you must notify ACAS. A lot of cases are satisfactorily resolved this way.
Assessing your Claim
Before you do any of these things or make any key decisions, you need to get a clear and objective view on the validity of your case and your chances of success. This would most likely be the first step we would take with you.
The first stage of assessing your claim involves going through all the details to ensure that you meet the basic conditions for your case. We’ll also look at what evidence you have to back you up. What your employer has to say and what evidence they are bringing to support their case also needs to be assessed. These are all factors that need to be examined thoroughly to help you make a decision on how you will proceed. The goal is to try to make sure you do not waste time and money on a case with no chance of success. Ultimately, success and failure are in the hands of the tribunal and will be based on what is presented to them at the time. Try to be as honest and objective with us as you possibly can be. If we don’t advise making a Tribunal claim there are other routes to go to obtain a decent settlement and we can guide you on those.
Providing your case meets basic conditions and the initial assessment suggests it has a strong chance of success, we will work with you to create the evidence “bundle” that presents all the evidence in a clear and organised way
Settling your case
Everything about the law and the system around employment disputes is pitched to encourage you and your employer to reach an out of court settlement before you go the whole way to a Tribunal. A settlement can be reached at any time before or during your hearing. Our experienced advisors will keep you clear about your options at every stage and advise you on the pros and cons of accepting early settlement or pressing on.
If you are offered a Settlement Agreement by your employer at any stage of a dispute, or out of the blue (without an existing dispute), our sister company, Tiger Law, can advise you on this and, if you wish to accept the agreement, issue the required “advisor’s certificate” in order to make it legally binding.