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When you make a claim in the Employment Tribunal, you are not required to have the help of a lawyer or any other party. You can easily pursue a claim yourself and do everything that is required of you personally. The whole process is not that tasking as they have designed it to allow small, unrepresented parties pursue their rights against their employers.
Another consideration is that in the Employment Tribunal, the principle is that ‘costs do not follow the event’, which in layman’s terms means that the losing party does not automatically pay the winning party’s legal costs.
There are circumstances when that may happen but usually you need to have acted in a highly unreasonable or vexatious manner, such as ignoring Employment Tribunal orders, unnecessarily delaying things, incurring further costs in the process and so on.
Also, you may be potentially liable for some costs if you unreasonably pursue a claim which clearly had no reasonable prospects of success. You would usually be warned this is the case and be given the chance to withdraw without penalties and it is only if you blindly continue with the claim regardless, that you may be liable.
It is always worth paying for ad-hoc solicitors’ advice just to get a formal consideration of your case and to be told how strong of a claim you have, which will determine whether you go ahead with it still.