Employment disputes and tribunals

Employment disputes can take many forms, but all can have a significant negative impact on your business. Whatever dispute you are faced with and whichever sector your business operates in, employment disputes divert time and resources away from HR and management and can affect team morale. What’s more, if disputes reach an Employment Tribunal, your company’s finances and reputation may also be compromised.

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Kerrie Hunt

Kerrie Hunt


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Thrings has extensive employment experience and can provide expert legal advice and support through each stage of a dispute or tribunal.

Perhaps your business is suffering due to a breach of restrictive covenants by your former employees. Your company might be facing allegations ranging from discrimination to constructive or gross misconduct dismissals, or dealing with issues such as threatened industrial action, or whistleblowing.

Taking a considered, commercially-driven and entirely individualised approach, we find the solution that’s right for your business, ensuring there is minimal disruption to your everyday working practices.

Sometimes avoiding a tribunal isn’t possible. In this case, we have the expertise to skillfully and vigorously defend your interests across a range of disputes, guiding you through decisions that best protect your company’s interests. And wherever possible we will attempt to keep you out of Court to avoid added costs and risks.


Our Disputes Team has been involved in a number of high-profile claims and cases. Highlights include:

  • advising and representing the respondent company, majority shareholder and Managing Director of an SME client in relation to suspected fraudulent activity by two Director-shareholders of the business. Also defending a subsequent claim of constructive dismissal and raising a counterclaim in the Employment Tribunal
  • advising on threatened industrial action at a factory considering the closure of its UK business
  • involvement in High Court litigation and negotiations concerning the enforceability of restrictions in the financial services sector
  • working on behalf of a client to obtain court undertakings from ex-employees who were intending to set up in competition and soliciting clients in breach of restrictive covenants

  • advising an agricultural client on complex claims relating to a family dispute. This included employment tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal and whistleblowing, claims for non-molestation injunctions (discharged with costs ordered against the other party) and associated possession proceedings
  • successfully defending an employer from a high-value race discrimination claim by its ex-HR Director
  • successfully defending an employer against whistleblowing and discrimination claims by two employees


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • all discrimination claims including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation
  • breach of contract claims – Tribunal and High Court actions
  • defending or making applications for injunctions to protect confidential information and enforce restrictive covenants
  • holiday pay claims

  • redundancy and TUPE claims for protective awards
  • unfair dismissal claims
  • unlawful deduction from wages claims
  • working time claims
  • wrongful dismissal claims


Kerrie Hunt ‘knows employment law inside out’.

The Legal 500 2016