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First4Lawyers: 
Targeting the claimant in 
a consumer-driven world

Where upfront costs can be up to £1,200, Qamar Anwar discusses utilising ATEs ?and DBAs in the employment law sector

19 January 2016

Employment tribunal claims are decreasing. ?In the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, 61,308 employment tribunal claims were raised, compared to 105,803 in the same period between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. The lack of legal ?aid funding has hit access to justice hard – and this includes employment law cases. Yet this does not coincide with fewer employment grievance issues being raised.

Following a significant increase in inquiries relating ?to employment issues, we extended our legal services panel to include employment law earlier this year. Over ?the past six months around ?30 per cent of our wider legal services enquiries have been employment related, and of these we have been unable to assist in around 60 to 75 per ?cent of these cases.

Typically, in a third of these cases, we are unable to help because of the tighter limitation periods on length of service ?and reporting time to raise a grievance or go to the tribunal. However, in arou...

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