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How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal

Next dates

Nov 7—8
2 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 910 ≈USD 1174
GBP 455 per day


The practical, two-day How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal course uses case studies and examples to examine each stage of an employment tribunal claim, from receipt of the application to the hearing. It also includes the latest changes to tribunal rules, and will help you identify which cases to defend and which to settle, as well as build confidence to represent your own organisation or be an effective witness. A mock tribunal case study forms a key part of the course to illustrate how the law works in practice.


By the end of the How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal course, you'll be able to:

  • pick out the key issues of a claim
  • prepare and present tribunal cases
  • advise your organisation on which cases to settle and when


Employment tribunals – what are they

  • Composition and jurisdiction Tribunal rules and procedures
  • Fees – update on current reviews

** The tribunal claim**

  • Main types of claims, time limits, burden of proof
  • Identifying the issues

Preparing your case – relationship with good HR practice

  • Early conciliation process
  • Tribunal proceedings and forms
  • What to do on receipt of the claim
  • The employer’s response
  • Tribunal orders and non-compliance
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Requesting further information
  • Disclosure of documents
  • The tribunal bundle – what to include / exclude
  • Preparation of statements
  • The role of Acas

At the tribunal – what to expect

  • Examination-in-chief, cross-examination, tribunal questions and re-examination
  • Closing submissions and the conclusion of the case
  • The decision and remedies
  • Costs

After the hearing

  • Reviews and appeals

Practical matters

  • Postponements and adjournments, striking out
  • Equal value claims
  • Differences between rules applicable in Scotland, England and Wales

Areas to watch

  • Time and costs
  • Reputation and publicity, dealing with the media
  • Internal employee relations

Case study

  • Identify the issues
  • Strengths and weakness of your case

Who should attend

HR practitioners responsible for handling employment tribunal claims. Some previous experience of employment tribunals is assumed.

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