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How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal

CIPD Training
Course summary
Length: 2 days
Location: London
Provider: CIPD Training plus
Course type: Open / Scheduled

Course Description

How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal Course

How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal - 2-day course by CIPD Training

The practical, two-day How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare and effectively manage and employment tribunal claim.

The highly practical programme uses uses case studies and examples to examine each phase of an employment tribunal claim, from the initial application through to the hearing. It also covers the latest developments to tribunal rules, helps you understand which cases are worth defending vs. settling, and gives you the confidence to represent your organisation or be an effective witness.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Pinpoint the key issues of a claim
  • Prepare and present tribunal cases
  • Advise your organisation on which cases to settle

 Video clips of a mock tribunal will also be used during the course to illustrate how the law works in practice.

Suitability - Who should attend?

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

Training Course Content

Employment tribunals

  • composition, jurisdiction and new Tribunal Rules of Procedure

The tribunal claim

  • different types of claim, time limits, burden of proof
  • identifying the issues
  • fees and penalties
  • early conciliation and the role of Acas

Preparing your case

  • tribunal proceedings and forms
  • default judgments
  • what to do upon receipt of the claim
  • the employer’s response
  • tribunal orders and non-compliance
  • preliminary hearings
  • disclosure of documents
  • the tribunal bundle – what to include / exclude
  • preparation of statements

At the tribunal

  • 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

Mock tribunal

On day 2 participants will work through a real-life case study following a tribunal claim from start to finish.


Course fees are as follows:

  • Non-member: £910 + VAT
  • Member: £815 + VAT

In-house Training

This course can also be run in-house, where the content can be tailored to suit organisational needs, providing a cost-effective solution to group training needs.

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Reviews by course attendees

Claire   |   24/03/2014
How to Prepare for an Employment Tribunal was extremely good and thorough. The content was clear, particularly because of the style and really helpful practical advice.