The ET1 is the form that needs to be completed in order to start a claim in an Employment Tribunal. The form can be accessed at
The form can be completed and submitted on-line through this website or printed off and completed in paper form.
If you choose to complete the ET1 in paper form you will then need to send it to the central claim centre at:
Employment Tribunal Central Office
PO Box 10218
You must include the appropriate fee for your claim or an application for fee remission.
More information on Employment Tribunal fees
The ET1 form has some information that must be included ('minimum information') and which must be accurate - if it is not the Employment Tribunal must reject the claim form which has been
submitted. The mandatory information is:
OR confirming that an early conciliation number is not needed because:
Any claim form which is rejected can be resubmitted but there is a danger that the time limit for submitting the claim may expire before resubmission and applications for reconsideration of the rejection (see below) or extensions of time may need to be considered.
The ET1 form (or part of it) can be rejected by the tribunal for a number of reasons, including:
Where an ET1 form is rejected by the tribunal because it does not contain the minimum information or has substantive defects (see above) a claimant may apply to the tribunal to ask for
reconsideration of the decision because:
The application must be in writing to the tribunal within 14 days of the sending of the notice of rejection explaining the grounds relied on. The application can be decided by a judge without a
hearing or a hearing can also be requested.
Where the defect causing the rejection has been rectified the judge can order that the ET1 be treated as presented on the date of rectification.