In July 2017, the Supreme Court concluded that the fees charged for lodging Employment Tribunal claims were preventing access to justice for many employees and so were unlawful and should no longer be charged. Since then, the Ministry of Justice has reported a staggering increase of 90% in claims. As such, employers are more likely than ever to be faced with the prospect of appearing in the Employment Tribunal. In view of this, we are running a course to help managers and HR professionals spot litigants in the making and equip them with the skills necessary to effectively negotiate the tribunal process. This course is comprised of the following half-day sessions, each of which can be attended separately as required:


Part 1 – The Road to Tribunal

This morning session takes you on a journey from the first hints that litigation may be in the offing right through to the “Door of Court”. The course will cover key pre and post-claim stages such as Subject Access Requests, Early Conciliation and Case Management. Delegates will come away knowing what warning signs to look for during disciplinary, grievance, performance, sickness and redundancy procedures. They will also learn how to deal with the formal processes that precede the full hearing.


Part 2 – Your Day in Court

This afternoon session is designed for both HR Professionals and those who may be called to give evidence on behalf of their employer. Whilst the course focuses on the protocols, formalities, processes and giving of evidence at hearings in the Employment Tribunal, much of the advice and guidance will be equally applicable to court appearances in other types of litigation. Although actual “coaching” of witnesses is not permitted, failing to prepare them properly can have a disastrous impact on witness credibility and often proves fatal to an employer’s defence. Therefore, this session is invaluable to those facing an impending hearing.


This event will take place at The Studio on Lever Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 26 July 2018 and is keenly priced at £495 (Full Course) / £345 (Half Course, i.e. AM or PM). Places are limited and in high demand, so book early via the Eventbrite page to avoid disappointment.