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Early Conciliation

Early Conciliation

About

Before individuals are able to start most types of employment tribunal claims, such as unfair dismissal and any form of discrimination, they must first make contact with the Advisory, Conciliation and Advisory Service, commonly known as ACAS.

The purpose of this is to see whether the dispute they have with their current or former employer – and sometimes their prospective employer – can be resolved with the help of ACAS without the individual starting formal employment tribunal proceedings.

This is a mandatory process (often called the EC procedure), which has been with us since April 2014 and which therefore must be followed by potential claimants.

There are strict time limits to bring any tribunal claim, and these time limits can be extended by the operation of this process. It is therefore essential that both individuals and businesses know what they need to do.

If you are an individual who is thinking about making a tribunal claim, or are a business which has been contacted by ACAS notifying you of the EC procedure, you will need advice without delay.

All our employment lawyers have vast experience of handling all types of employment tribunal proceedings, and are therefore able to advise both individuals and businesses on the EC procedures.

Key Contacts

Valerie Lambert - Partner

Valerie Lambert

Partner

+44 (0)1223 447427

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Elizabeth Swinburn - Partner

Elizabeth Swinburn

Partner

+44 (0)1223 447436

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Meet the team

Latest testimonials

"Elizabeth Swinburn ..makes a great employment law team who, we feel reassured, are always looking out for us, and minimising any risks involved with matters of employment law."
Legal 500

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"Normally, I deal with Valerie Lambert who is a partner in the employment practice. I find her exceptionally responsive, extremely helpful and her advice is very clear and practical. She also manages our cases very well and provides excellent value for money."
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"Valerie Lambert has provided very pragmatic employment law advice on numerous occasions."
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"Thank you for your quick responses to this matter and as ever, your awesome legal knowledge and diligence has been top drawer."
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"A first class job - many thanks for guiding us through the maze of legal procedures. It was a tremendous effort on your part."
Mr Philip Kennedy - Managing Director
Eschmann Technologies Ltd

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"Lynne Adams works with both empathy and great professionalism. She puts great thought into the situation."
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“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
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“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
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"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
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"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
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“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
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"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
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"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
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“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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"The team is exceptionally responsive and very clear and practical in the advice offered. They have advised us on a wide range of employment issues and we are very satisfied with the advice and service provided."
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"The team brings a personal dimension to relationships with its clients, which is missing in this day and age"
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