Employment Tribunals

Employment Tribunals

Build the knowledge and confidence to handle employment tribunals for your organisation

Please call us on
+44 (0)20 8371 7010 for dates.

2-day workshop: £795 + VAT
inc tribunal visit: £1,050 + VAT
   Special offers

As employment law becomes more complex, it is increasingly important to deal effectively with prospective or actual Employment Tribunal claims.

This extremely practical employment tribunals training course, packed with useful tips and techniques, will enable you to understand how tribunals operate, to deal with hearings confidently, to present cases effectively and to know when and how to settle.

Highlights include:

  • Get to know the latest tribunal rules and procedures
  • Learn how to identify key issues in a tribunal claim
  • Know how to prepare, present and settle cases
  • Ensure that you and your organisation are competent and confident in dealing with the revised employment tribunal system

Registration and coffee


Background and introduction

  • Different types of tribunal claim
  • Composition and jurisdiction of tribunals

Tribunal proceedings

  • Who can claim?
  • Claim and response forms
  • Dealing with a claim: is it admissible?
  • Time limits and qualifying periods



Defending the claim and preparing your case

  • Preliminary matters
  • Being wary of default judgments
  • Getting rid of hopeless cases
  • The role of the pre-hearing review
  • Sit alone cases
  • Responding to a questionnaire



Which documents go in the bundle?

  • Deciding whether you need a lawyer
  • Planning tactics and strategy

Drafting the claim and response forms

  • Participants will be given the opportunity to complete the claim and response forms based on a case study example. This will allow them to consolidate previous learning, and obtain feedback from the trainer.



Feedback on drafting claim and response forms


Preparing for the Tribunal hearing

  • What are the alternatives to tribunal?
  • To settle or not to settle? Valuing the claim and considering your options
  • Resolving disputes: considering the role of Acas
  • Compromise agreements: a cost/benefit analysis

End of day one


Registration and coffee


Review of day one learning points and outlining objectives for day two


Preparing for the Tribunal hearing (cont)

  • Special considerations when dealing with discrimination cases
  • Witness statements
  • What to do about the reluctant or unavailable witness
  • Postponements and adjournments
  • Useful documents

At the hearing: the components of good advocacy

  • Presenting evidence in chief: order of witnesses, `best evidence`, hearsay and leading questions
  • Cross-examination: key pointers for maximum impact



The components of good advocacy (cont)

  • Questioning by the tribunal
  • Re-examination?
  • Making the most of your closing address



Identifying key issues for the Tribunal

  • Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups and debate and discuss case studies. Building on previous learning, participants will be able to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for a tribunal case effectively.



Judgments, reviews and appeals

  • Judgments: orders and reasons
  • Unfair dismissal remedies
  • What does `acting reasonably` mean?
  • Appeals and reviews
  • Costs and preparation time orders
  • A round-up of recent case law

"What if?"

  • Participants will debate and discuss possible problem scenarios at Tribunal. This exercise will enable participants to improve their strategic overview of the tribunal process and offer an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired to specific situations.

End of day two


Visit to an Employment Tribunal - experience an actual employment tribunal

(Compulsory for ACEL students) 

This is an excellent opportunity to witness a live Employment Tribunal. One of our expert trainers will accompany participants to explain and discuss aspects of an actual case, highlighting procedures, tactics and relevant points of law.This is a valuable opportunity to put into context some of the law and practice learnt in the course and benefit from direct observation of one or more cases being heard.

You will have the chance to:

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the tribunal process
  • Get to grips with the basics of preparing a tribunal case
  • See and hear how tribunal cases are presented in practice
  • Consolidate your learning from the first three days of the course
John Sprack

John Sprack

I spent seven years in teaching before moving into training at both NATFHE and the NUT.  I subsequently went on to practise as a barrister, specialising in criminal and employment law.  From 1989 to 2000 I taught employment law, advocacy, remedies, negotiation, drafting and case preparation at the Inns of Court Law School (ICSL), and became the Director of the Bar Vocational Course.

As well as my training activities, I edit and write for various publications. Most recently, I have produced  Blackstone’s Employment Tribunal Handbook (OUP 2014). I am the author of the Guide to the Age Discrimination Regulations (Tottel, 2006), Employment Law and Practice (Sweet and Maxwell, 2007) and A Practical Approach to Criminal Procedure (OUP 15th ed 2015). I am responsible for the Employment Law Section in the Accountants’ Legal Service (Bloomsbury) and have also written extensively on Criminal Procedure. Details of my most recent publications are to be found on my website www.johnsprack.co.uk

I have had 14 years’ experience in the Tribunals as an Employment Judge.

Personnel and HR Professionals, Employee Relations Managers, Legal Advisers, In-house lawyers, HR Consultants

Pre-course Questionnaire

Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

Choose the right approach for you:

Headset Face-to-face attendance   Book online

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

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For groups of 4 or more people, any of our seminars and webinars can be tailored and delivered in-house. We will adapt case studies to suit your organisational culture and specific challenges. We ensure that the learning is engaging, relevant and easily applied.

Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

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