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Employment Claims without a Lawyer (revised 2nd edition)

Employment Claims without a Lawyer (revised 2nd edition)


The essential handbook for anyone thinking about, or in the middle of, an employment claim and who does not have a lawyer.

"An absolutely brilliant book. We won our case and I firmly believe this book helped us do it! Highly recommended." Amazon reviewer

Managing an employment dispute or representing yourself or your small organisation in an employment tribunal can be daunting but, with the help of this book, now in its second edition, it is not impossible.

This fully revised second edition of Employment Claims without a Lawyer: A Handbook for Litigants in Person leads you through the whole process in clear plain language so that you can get a complete view of what’s involved and how to best present your case. The author, David Curwen, is a barrister with 35 years of experience representing claimants and businesses and has distilled his experience to provide the practical tips and background law you need to take on this task with greater confidence.

Importantly he also covers the steps that both the employee and employer need to consider when a problem first arises and before it gets to a formal claim.

So whether you are representing yourself because you cannot afford to involve professional advisors or you are involved in a potential claim and want to know more about the process, this book is essential reading.

Take a look inside!

View the contents and first 30 pages of the book


What's new in the revised 2nd edition?

This revised 2nd edition has been updated to reflect some of the issues arising from the rapid developments in employment law during the pandemic including furlough, remote hearings and time limits. All the relevant rates and caps for calculation compensation have also been updated. 

Key features
  • Practical advice from both the employee’s and employer’s viewpoint
  • Scores of practical examples & invaluable model letters for you to use in your case
  • Comprehensive jargon buster explaining key words and phrases
  • Summaries of the most important cases
Who would find the book useful?
  • Employees thinking about, or progressing, a claim against their employer
  • Small business owners defending themselves against an employee claim
  • HR consultants advising clients through the process
  • HR managers seeking a clear explanation of employment law & tribunal procedure
About the Author

David Curwen is an experienced barrister with the employment law team at Unity Street Chambers. His varied experience - acting for both employees and employers large and small - has given him a rich insight into what those representing themselves need to know.

Prices & formats

Revised 2nd edition
Published July 2020
340 pages
ISBN 978-09935836-8-1
Print: £19.99 + £4 p&p
Digital (pdf): £19.99 
Print / digital bundle: £29.99 (free p&p)

  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-claim matters
  3. Unfair dismissal
  4. Discrimination
  5. Disputes about pay
  6. Transfer of undertakings
  7. Time limits for bringing a claim
  8. Early conciliation
  9. Making a claim to the employment tribunal 
  10. Responding to a tribunal claim
  11. What happens next? Summary of procedure after the response has been filed 
  12. Amending a claim
  13. Additional information
  14. Preliminary hearings
  15. Disclosure of documents
  16. Schedule of loss 
  17. Settlement agreements
  18. Witness statements
  19. Preparation for the hearing
  20. The hearing
  21. Remedies
  22. Judgments
  23. Costs 
  24. Appeals 
  • Appendix A: Jargon buster
  • Appendix B: Model letters and precedents
  • Appendix C: Table of cases
  • Appendix D: Useful resources
  • Index 

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