Quarter of cases won on successful "Strike out" submissions
Aberdeen-based employment law firm Empire HR is reporting a 97 per cent success rate in tribunal cases it has acted in within the last 12 months.
The firm said it had managed more than 30 cases in that that time for a range of clients across the UK involving businesses with employee numbers from three up to 13,000.
Empire credits the success to its head of litigation, Craig Bennison, who joined the firm last year.
The firm said a quarter of the cases recorded in its high percentage rate were a result of it successfully arguing a “strike out” or withdrawal of cases, based on a low prospect of success from the claimant.
The remainder of Empire’s wins came from defence for the clients through tribunal hearings.
Steve Cook, managing director of Empire, said: “Craig has been a great addition to the team.
“He is fabulous at his job, and is incredibly thorough in his subject.
“We are especially proud of the number of strike out cases we achieved, as they saved our clients both money and time by not escalating to a full court hearing.
“Tribunals were originally designed to be inexpensive, informal methods of dealing with employment disputes but nowadays, with cases becoming more and more complex and with un-capped awards for discrimination cases, employers must be able to show they have followed due process or suffer the expensive consequences.”
Recent figures from the Ministry of Justice revealed UK tribunal claims dropped 15 per cent in the last year to 190,000 claims made.
However, there was a rise in the number of unfair dismissal, breach of contract and redundancy cases.