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Representing yourself in the Employment Tribunal

representing yourself in the employment tribunal


Self-represented litigant

If you represent yourself you are called a self-represented litigant or litigant -in-person. Representing yourself in the Employment Tribunal may look daunting at first. After all, there is no legal aid for Employment Tribunal Representation and a ‘no win, no fee’ outfit will not take on your case if it is complicated. They will not run the risk of putting in many hours of work for which they may never be paid.

So, you don’t have legal insurance cover, you are not a member of a trade union (or your union will not take on your case) and you cannot afford a lawyer. What do you do? You have us. You do it yourself with our help.

Everything you need is on this website. Use the free information, signposting, tutorials and resources so that you understand the law and apply it to the facts of your case. If you can’t find what you need, e-mail us – [email protected]

There are also organisations that provide free employment law advice. Some of these organisations will provide free representation at preliminary and final hearings in the Employment Tribunal.

See Free Employment Law Advice and Representation [Pro bono]

Best of the web

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The Judiciary – A Handbook for Litigants in Person, Litigants in person

Disability Law Service – Employment Tribunal Hearings: Tips for Litigants in person 

Worksmart – Do I need representation at an Employment Tribunal?

Scope – Representing yourself in Court or Tribunal

The Law Society – Litigants in person : Guidelines for Lawyers – Notes for Litigants in person

Updated: 16/03/2020



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