Make a claim

You can make a claim:

  • for yourself, as the only person claiming
  • for yourself and others who’ve been treated in the same way
  • for someone else, if you’re acting as their representative

You usually have to make a claim to the tribunal within 3 months of your employment ending or the problem happening.

You’ll usually need an early conciliation certificate for each respondent before you make a claim. You can get these from Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

If you have a disability, you can let the tribunal know you’ll need reasonable adjustments. If you have a long-term health condition that affects how you can take part in the tribunal process, the tribunal may also be able to make adjustments for you. Tell the tribunal if you need adjustments when you make your claim or at any time during the claim process.

You should also read the guidance for whistleblowing if it relates to your claim.

What it costs

You do not have to pay a fee to make a claim to an employment tribunal.

You may have to pay other costs, for example:

  • witness expenses
  • the costs of the people or organisations you’re claiming against (the ‘respondents’) if the tribunal decides you’ve acted unreasonably

Make a claim online

Before you start, you’ll need:

  • the names and addresses of all the people making the claim (the ‘claimants’)
  • the names and addresses of the respondents - you can find this in your job offer letter, your employment contract or your payslips
  • your Acas early conciliation certificate numbers

Claim online

If you’ve already started a claim

You can return to an existing claim to continue your application or view your submitted applications.

Make a claim by post

You can also download and fill in a claim form.

Send your completed form to one of the following addresses, depending on where you were working.

Employment tribunal central office (England and Wales)
PO Box 10218

Employment tribunal central office (Scotland)
PO Box 27105
G2 9JR

Call the employment tribunal customer contact centre

Call the employment tribunal customer contact centre if you need help with your claim or the online service. They cannot give you legal advice.

If you’re in England or Wales

Telephone: 0300 123 1024
Welsh language: 0300 303 5176
Textphone: 18001 0300 123 1024
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

If you’re in Scotland

Telephone: 0300 790 6234
Textphone: 18001 0300 790 6234
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges