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Employment Claims without a Lawyer: A handbook for litigants in person (3rd edition)

Employment Claims without a Lawyer: A handbook for litigants in person (3rd edition)


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

Pre-order and get the digital edition free - saving £10. Due 31 July 2024.

About the book

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

Employment Claims without a Lawyer: A Handbook for Litigants in Person is for anyone thinking about, or in the middle of, an employment claim and who does not have a lawyer to help them. 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, it is not impossible.

This fully revised third edition leads the reader through the whole process in clear plain language to provide a complete view of what’s involved and how to best present a 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 needed to take on this task with greater confidence.

Importantly he 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.

Essential reading for anyone representing themselves or who is involved in a potential claim and wants to know more about the process.

What's new in the revised 2nd edition?

The 3rd edition has been updated to important changes to employee rights over the past three years including

  • new ACAS guidance on workplace investigations, managing sickness and the best practice for video hearings
  • expanded guidance on disability discrimination under the Equality Act
  • changes to working time regulations and holiday pay
  • new procedures for preliminary hearing of the Employment Tribunal
  • the new day 1 right to flexible working
  • plus all the rates and compensation limits have been updated to reflect those in force from April 2024

Key features

  • Practical advice for both the employee and employer
  • Scores of examples & invaluable model letters
  • Comprehensive jargon buster explaining key words and phrases
  • Summaries of the most important cases

Who would find the book useful?

  • Workers and 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.

Bibliographic information

  • 3rd edition due for publication July 2024
  • Paperback, 340 pages
  • ISBN 978-1-7385355-1-4
  • Print: £20 + £4 p&p - free digital edition on all pre-orders
  • Digital: £20
  • Print / digital bundle: £30 (free p&p) 


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