Unfortunately, a momentary lapse, baseless accusations, or a misunderstanding can lead to disciplinary tribunal proceedings. Whatever the cause, and even the eventual outcome, these tribunals can drag on for many months and they can leave you in financial trouble, as well as with a reputation in tatters. It is critical that you have sound legal representation, preferably from the very first meeting, in order that you can minimise the potential impact, reduce the time it takes for the tribunal to reach a conclusion, and enjoy the most favourable outcome.
In most instances, the first that you will officially hear of a pending tribunal is that you will receive a letter from your employer. They will usually ask for details regarding the case in question, and may ask you to provide responses to complaints. When you receive this letter, you should first consider whether legal representation is required. If the dispute is easy to refute and disprove, then you may not need a lawyer, but if there are questionable circumstances or complications arising from the complaint, then a lawyer can help ensure that you get the best possible outcome.
In instances where legal representation is deemed necessary, it is better that you utilise representation as early as possible. This will enable your lawyer to have access to all of the information and be privy to all discussions between you and the other parties. This will provide with the facts that they will need in order to be able to effectively manage the outcome of the case.
Legal representation can prove expensive, but it may prove less expensive than losing your job and your reputation. If you are one of two or more people facing similar charges, then you may be able to pool your resources in order to pay for a single lawyer or law firm to assist in your case. This can help keep costs down, but may not be an option where a conflict of interests would arise.
If you have had a letter calling for information, and informing you of an impending tribunal, you should act early to get the legal representation that you deem necessary. Call Direct Access Criminal Barristers today to discuss your case.