I have had an Employment Tribunal claim going for almost 5 years now. The Respondent firm - a large bank - has engaged an external firm to represent them, and this firm has done a bad job thus far (in my opinion). Last year, the Respondent tried to engage ACAS and settle under the argument that the overall costs to defend the claim (especially after 5 years) would be in excess of the potential cost to settle. However, ultimately, the tribunal dates were re-scheduled and the Respondent dropped the request to ACAS. Now, the case is coming up for a 4 day hearing in March, and my question is, how should I go about potentially feeling out if the Respondent is going to make an offer? Should I just engage them directly and be blunt (e.g. tell them that I will be coming unless we settle beforehand). Should I pose the question to ACAS? Or should I just wait it out and hope they come to me first? Also, do you have any estimate on what the per hour cost is when large firms engage solicitors? As I mentioned, the solicitors have done a terrible job and I don't think it inconceivable that the Respondent has already spent in excess of 30-30k so far. Thanks, cheers!
Hi you should phone the ACAS officer to say that you are serious about the claim and that you intend to take it all the way but that you are realistic and need to look at the options to settle. You should say that you stick by your original schedule of loss and that you want them to make you an offer to settle.
You need to have in mind what figure you are prepared to go to as they may ask you to make them an offer.
There costs will be in excess of £200 an hour if they are engaging a large firm to do the work.
If you have any further questions about his please do let me know.
Can I just clarify that it is your intention to come to the UK to fight this?
sorry for the slight delay. As a claimant in person the tribunal will assist you, as much as possible, in bringing your claim.
So long as you have complied with all of the orders of the tribunal you should not face any particular difficulties.
It may help you if you list each aspect of the claim and connect it to the evidence you are presenting as this will clarify the issues for you in your mind.
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