How long does a UK employment tribunal claim take?

The length of your UK employment tribunal claim will depend on your particular case. Once your claim has been accepted by the tribunal, though, there is a timetable put into place to keep the length of the process to a minimum. For instance, once the claim has been accepted, the tribunal will send notice to the respondent (usually your employer) and they will then have 28 days to respond to the claim or else any response they give will not be accepted. They can, however, ask for an extension from the tribunal, which could make this part of the process take longer.

How long your case takes following your employer’s response will largely depend on the complexity of the case. For example, if you and your employer are not having any success in dealing with the dispute outside of an official employment tribunal hearing then your case is likely to take longer than if you were able to arbitrate it outside of a hearing. Also, if expert or other witnesses need to be called in order to testify for either you or your employer, this will increase the length of time your employment tribunal claim takes as the tribunal needs to hear all the evidence before they can make a decision.

Essentially, the more complicated your case is, the longer it will take to be resolved through the employment tribunal process. This is why it is so important you make sure you have all the necessary documents to help back up your claim and move the process along.

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