If you wish to bring a claim against your employer in an employment tribunal, it is a legal requirement that you go through Early Conciliation via ACAS in order to submit a claim.
A request for Early Conciliation can be made through the ACAS website. Once you have trigged Early Conciliation ACAS will contact you to discuss your employment dispute and will then contact your employer to see if the dispute can be resolved or whether a settlement can be reached. You can give ACAS our contact details and ask that the ACAS officer contacts us instead.
Settling an employment dispute by ACAS Early Conciliation is usually a faster, less stressful and less expensive alternative to pursuing a claim against your employer. The terms of any settlement will usually be kept confidential.
Navya Shekhar, Head of Employment at Truth Legal:
“There is no obligation to have a solicitor represent you during Early Conciliation; however, usually employers take a dispute more seriously if a solicitor represents an employee. It will show your employer (or last employer) that you mean business. Having a solicitor represent you will also mean you receive early legal advice about prospects of success.”
If a dispute is not resolved via ACAS Early Conciliation, you will be sent a certificate. This is an important document. It will set out the conciliation dates which you will need to calculate the time limit for issuing your claim and also a certificate number which is needed for the ET1 (the tribunal claim form).
At Truth Legal we have a great deal of experience in helping clients with the ACAS Early Conciliation process in order to maximise their prospects of succeeding in an employment dispute. Often we can represent you under a No Win, No Fee agreement or a fixed fee.
Legal Expenses Insurance and ACAS Early Conciliation
Legal expenses cover can be found on some home insurance and car insurance policies. It can also be obtained as a separate insurance policy, although this is less common.
Legal expenses insurance can cover your legal fees when you are making a claim or trying to protect your legal rights in certain respects. Employment law matters often fall under the terms of legal expenses insurance and so, if you are about to begin ACAS Early Conciliation, you may wish to consider it as a way of funding your case. You should check your existing insurance policies to see if you have the cover you need.
If you would like more detailed information, our guide explaining legal expenses insurance can provide help.