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Tribunal defence work


Excellent success rate. Fixed fees.

We have vast experience of defending Employment Tribunal claims on behalf of employers. We pro-actively manage claims and this often leads to claims either being withdrawn or settled on a commercial basis if required by our clients.  All members of the team carry out their own advocacy at Employment Tribunals across the UK and we deal with all employment tribunal claims including unfair dismissal claims, discrimination claims, TUPE claims and whistleblowing claims.

We can conduct claims on a pre-agreed, fixed fee basis. This means you can budget for your legal costs, safe in the knowledge that your bill will not increase no matter how complex the claim turns out to be.

We can:

  • Prepare and submit the ET3 Response and Grounds of Resistance;
  • Prepare all necessary documentation and representation for a preliminary hearing;.
  • Comply with all directions set by the employment tribunal;
  • Make and respond to appropriate applications during the process;
  • Compile and finalise the bundle of documents to be used as evidence by the tribunal;
  • Speak with witnesses for the business, draft all statements and exchange them with the employee/their representative;
  • Continue to progress settlement discussions if required via ACAS and the employee/their representative; and
  • Prepare for the full hearing of the issues.


  • "Hay and Kilner Solicitors consistently demonstrate business empathy and understand our business needs from our perspective. The team has a great blend of intelligent lawyers with friendly attitudes."

    - Client of the Employment Team

  • "Sarah Furness provides excellent, no-nonsense employment advice." "Sarah told us the possible outcomes and the strength of the case, and she shared all the details in an open and amicable style. I can't speak any more highly of her." "Sarah Furness delivers advice on a range of employment matters. Clients say that she responds quickly, gets straight to the point and keeps you focused and guided as to what the issue is and where it's heading." "Sarah Furness is an extremely approachable solicitor who will always listen to clients and inform them of how to apply the law to any given situation."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "Sarah Hall is 'always quick to respond, and gives guidance and clarity to complex problems', according to clients. She is noted for her expertise in providing employment support for disposals, acquisitions and TUPE transfers."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "They respond very quickly to your needs and fundamentally understand where you're coming from. You tell them a scenario and they grasp it straight away. They respond with the advice you need to get the results you need."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "The individuals in the practice work with you in a team capacity. I can bounce ideas off them, they deal with things very quickly and they are approachable and helpful. I find that the quality of the advice is good."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "An absolutely exemplary team. They are understanding, direct, open, honest and give good advice. I'd recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Hay & Kilner is valued for its ‘quick’ responses and ‘business-focused, jargon-free advice’. It has recently been active in relation to redundancy and TUPE matters, as well as advising on grievances, disciplinary issues and discrimination issues. Sarah Hall is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ and, in common with department head Neil Dwyer and Sarah Furness, takes a ‘practical approach’."

    - The Legal 500

  • "This team provides invaluable advice to clients on the whole gamut of employment law, including handling redundancies, advocacy at tribunal level and contracts for agents. Sources Say: 'Looking after the client is at the centre of everything they do."

    - Chambers Guide