Identify what your claims are

Identify what your claims are

Identify what your claims are. Include all reasonable claims in your claim to the Employment Tribunal but don’t just include everything you can think of – this may make you look desperate and incredible.
Identify what a reasonable valuation of your claim is.

Identify what a reasonable valuation of your claim is.

Identify what a reasonable valuation of your claim is.
Identify what the relevant limitation dates for your claims are

Identify what the relevant limitation dates for your claims are

Identify what the relevant limitation dates for your claims are. Spend a bit of time on this - if you get these wrong you are jeopardising your claim. Once you’ve identified the relevant time limits put them down in a calendar and clearly mark them. Aim to issue your claim (i.e. send it to the relevant Employment Tribunal) at least a week before the first limitation date.
Identify what evidence you’re going to need to succeed in your claim.

Identify what evidence you’re going to need to succeed in your claim.

Identify what evidence you’re going to need to succeed in your claim. Start by writing down everything that you think is relevant to the claim. Don’t be shy, get everything down – memories fade and this document will be crucial for putting together your witness statement at a later date. Identify which other witnesses you think will be relevant, what documents are relevant, and whether you've got a copy of these documents.
Write to your current / former / prospective employer

Write to your current / former / prospective employer

Have a think about whether it’s worth writing to your current / former employer to let them know that you’re contemplating issuing against them in the Employment Tribunal. Are there any documents that you need from your employer before claiming? Do you think there’s a possibility of settling the claim before issue? Are you sure that the legal name of your employer is correct? If so, write to them and see if you can sort these issues out prior to sending your claim to the Employment Tribunal.
Have a think about whether it’s appropriate to instruct solicitors to take your claim on.

Have a think about whether it’s appropriate to instruct solicitors to take your claim on.

Have a think about whether it’s appropriate to instruct solicitors to take your claim on. Do you have enough time to run your claim? How confident are you in your own ability to run the claim? How much would it cost to instruct solicitors? Are they experts in employment law? Would they be able to run the claim on a “no win no fee” basis? It is often worth ringing a firm with expert employment lawyers just to find out what they think your chances of success are and to confirm that you’ve identified all potential (and reasonable) claims. If a solicitor is willing to take your claim on a “no win no fee” basis then your claim will generally have merits.
Gather all the forms together that you’ll need to issue the claim

Gather all the forms together that you’ll need to issue the claim

Gather all the forms together that you’ll need to issue the claim. You’ll need the ET1 form, the postcode list, and the Particulars of Claim (if you want to separate out the ET1 and the Particulars). Identify what the relevant Employment Tribunal is from the postcode list and fill in the ET1 (and the Particulars of Claim, if relevant).

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