Horizon Solicitors will help you confidently make decisions in handling disciplinary, capability, long term sickness and grievance cases through the entire process including drafting and negotiating settlement agreements and Employment Tribunal representation.

Conflict Management and Employment Tribunals
Horizon Solicitors will help you confidently make decisions in handling disciplinary, capability, long term sickness and grievance cases. Whether you are conducting a straightforward hearing for gross misconduct, or you are facing allegations of failing to make adjustments for a disabled employee, we can support you through the entire process, from investigation, through to hearing, appeal and Employment Tribunal representation.

We can talk you through the application of the legal tests to your scenario and lead you through a fair, reasonable and legally compliant process. We are experienced litigators and can recommend the best tactical steps to take to keep you on track and working within the boundaries of employment law, whilst achieving the best outcome for the business.

Given the absence of fees for employees to bring Tribunal claims, there can be no guarantee that any dismissal will not result in a Tribunal claim. However, Horizon are skilled negotiators and will adopt a practical commercial approach to settlement.

We can draft and negotiate settlement agreements and advise you on how to hold a protected conversation or a without prejudice meeting with your employee if the relationship has broken down, or you want to provide an amicable exit for your employee. Alternatively we will conduct pre claims conciliation on your behalf through ACAS. If the matter cannot be resolved, we will represent you in the Employment Tribunal and beyond, if necessary.

It is therefore important to contact us as early in the process as possible, ideally at the investigative stage, so that we can review the evidence and put the counter arguments you may face if challenged, and help you apply the correct tests and law in making your decisions. We will think like a Judge and provide you with the unbiased, independent view of what a “reasonable” employer would do in your situation. The preparation of a comprehensive chronological pack of relevant documents will be key to helping us support you. It is important to also make contemporaneous written notes to record every meeting and conversation and obtain witnesses statements before memories fade.

Conflict can be productive, so together we will face a new Horizon!

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