Employment Tribunal Claims and ACAS

If your company receives a call from ACAS, this is likely to be the first step before your ex-employee or worker brings an Employment Tribunal claim. If we have not already been advising you on the matter, we recommend you contact us at that point. We can give you an initial view of the prospects of the claim (if known) and help prepare you for the next steps whether it a robust defence to any claim or looking to negotiate an amicable agreement – we can help!

If you get an Employment Tribunal claim or ET1 against your company, you have a limited period to respond, so don’t delay. You may also have several questions such as:

  • What shall I do now?
  • How should I respond?
  • Will the employee win?
  • If the employee wins, how much could the employee get in Tribunal?
  • Who can represent the business?

You must understand, once you have submitted your response / defence, it is difficult to backtrack. Make sure it is right and you don’t say something which you later regret.

Our team has decades of experience in representing businesses in all tribunal claims including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing etc. All of our solicitors are also experienced advocates, so we can prepare your case and represent you at the hearing.

Urgency is the key here, so contact us as soon as you receive any indication that you will need to respond to the claim.


Meet the team

Excellent, very solution-focused and prepared to identify risks associated with each topic prior to advising upon the next course of action.

The employment team in Chambers (2016)


Legal 500 (2015) describes Simon Rhodes

Refreshingly honest, concise with options explored in such a way that I can then understand the associated risks.

Finance Director of a Global Corporate Client re: Simon Rhodes

Ms Casey-Evans is readily available and she expediently responds to queries. I find her manner suits the needs of my company. Her candour, together with her challenging and enquiring nature helps to focus my thinking and achieve the results I am seeking.

CEO of National Charity re: Kathryn Casey-Evans

Overall First Class

Global Director for Bank (Individual client) re: Kathryn Casey-Evans

Her responses are always prompt and the advice given either verbally or in writing is clear and concise. Her highly professional approach and warm personality promotes confidence in the service she is providing and to date her expert advice and support has proved invaluable.

Group Finance Director of Manufacturing company re: Kathryn Casey-Evans

She gave clear and persuasive advice both orally and in writing, and turned round queries and documentation quickly

Director of Care Services Company re: Kathryn Casey-Evans

I recently used the services of Trethowans in an employment matter and I have no hesitation in recommending them. The quality of their legal advice was first class and, in my opinion, superior to many of the larger firms that I have previously used. Their response to issues was always prompt and pragmatic. The costs of their services were fair and a comprehensive breakdown of their costs accompanied their invoice

Managing Director of National Engineering Company re: James Humphrey

Simon’s assistance to date has been invaluable and helped us move effectively through some tricky issues.

Corporate client re: Simon Rhodes


Kathryn Casey-Evans
023 8082 0468
07881 343956
Simon Rhodes
Senior Partner & Head of Employment
023 8082 0547
07884 184 613


James Humphery
Senior Solicitor
01722 426915

Legal Assistants

Phoebe Geal
Legal Assistant
023 8082 0504

Legal Secretaries

Lin Revell
Legal Secretary
01722 426997

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