Most employment disputes concerning the legal rights of employees can be dealt with relatively quickly and cheaply through employment tribunal proceedings. Tribunals are less formal than courts. Legal representation is not required, although the legal complexity of most employment disputes means that generally someone bringing a claim to tribunal would have professional legal assistance.

This topic explains the workings of the employment tribunal system and covers the processes for bringing and defending a claim, time limits, case management, evidence, the procedure at hearings and the likely remedies and costs.

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