Since the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees in 2017, the Ministry of Justice has reported a staggering increase in claims of 90%. UK employers are more likely than ever to face an Employment Tribunal, with colleagues at all levels facing the possibility of being called to give evidence.
What is an Employment Tribunal?
Employment Tribunals are legal cases where disputes have occurred between employers and employees. They usually arise where individuals believe their employer has treated them unlawfully, either in cases of redundancy or unfair dismissal, or in cases of discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, race, disability, religion, and sexual orientation.
A Tribunal hearing is where the parties battle it out in a courtroom and win or lose according to the decision of an Employment Judge or panel
Preparation is essential
The consequences of failing to prepare properly for an Employment Tribunal are far reaching.
- Witness evidence may be discredited
- Poor performance during cross-examination may lead to an unsuccessful defence and/or higher awards during remedy
- Huge compensation claims
- Substantial damage to business reputation and credibility
Of course, having robust HR policies and documentation in place should protect your business from the possibility of reaching Employment Tribunal. But where prevention doesn’t resolve the issue, matters can escalate and occasionally progress as far as Tribunal. At this stage saying or doing something incorrectly could well be the difference between winning and losing the case.
The Road to Tribunal and Your Day in Court
We have developed a course to help managers and HR professionals spot litigants in the making and equip you with the skills you need to effectively negotiate the Tribunal process. The course is split into two half-day sessions, each of which can be attended separately as required.
Thursday 26th July 2018, 9am – 4.30pm
The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
The course is designed to prepare and protect businesses against the possibility of facing an Employment Tribunal claim.
- HR Professionals and individuals who may be called to give evidence on behalf of their employer, e.g. in a disciplinary or grievance appeal.
- Individuals who are facing an impending hearing
- Managers who would like to improve, enhance or build on their knowledge of employment tribunals.
- Individuals who wish to pursue their own learning and development in employment law.
What does it cover?
Part 1 – The Road to Tribunal – 9am-1pm
- The telltale signs that a litigation case is building, and how to spot them
- Preliminary hearings and the risks involved
- How to select appropriate witnesses
- The formalities of the Tribunal process and how to record it
- Dealing with the disclosure and admissibility of evidence
- The role of ACAS
- How to prepare a witness statement and other key documentation
- Key pre and post-claim stages, such as Subject Access Requests, Early Conciliation and Case Management.
Part 2 – Your Day in Court – 2pm-4.30pm
- The protocols, formalities and processes of court hearings
- Identifying who’s who in the tribunal hearing room
- The stages of evidence
- What to expect and how to behave when giving evidence
- Avoiding the pitfalls of cross examination
- Challenging preconceptions and expectations.
Much of the learning in both sessions can also be applied to court appearances in other types of litigation.
Your course leader
Cheryl Moolenschot is an experienced Litigation Consultant and member of the Bar. She has over a decade of practice providing legal and tribunal representation to businesses.
How is the session delivered?
The course is designed to be fun and interactive. We aim to make this serious subject accessible so you can prepare your business for the possibility of being called into a Tribunal situation.
Delegates will leave the course:
- Able to identify the warning signs to look for during disciplinary, grievance, performance, sickness and redundancy procedures
- Familiar with, and able to manage, the processes before and during a Tribunal
- Equipped with essential skills needed to record and give evidence effectively
- Able to negotiate the Employment Tribunal process with confidence.
Places are strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Book your place online here.
Delegate fees: £495 (Full Course), £345 (Half Course, i.e. AM or PM)
A hot buffet lunch and refreshments are included.
Discounted places are available for EML clients and Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce members. Please contact us directly for details.