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Main changes to the Employment Tribunal Rules

This document gives an overview of the main changes on the Employment Tribunal rules to take place from the 29th July 2013. Including ET1 and ET3, time limits and deposit

Award of costs factsheet

Unlike civil courts proceedings, there is no general rule in employment proceedings that the successful party has the right to recover their legal costs. Tribunals, in fact, have no inherent power

Receiving a claim

The Employment Tribunal will notify you in writing if someone has presented a claim against you. It will send you:  • Claim form (ET1) with any grounds of complaint provided by the

After the response

The Response has been lodged- what happens next? You need to:  • Know; are you likely to win this case?• Consider;  whether settlement is an option• Prepare your case for a full hearing. Once the

Preliminary hearings

Pre-hearing review  A pre-hearing review will deal with any initial issues between the parties, after proceedings have been issued. The pre-hearing review is likely to concern jurisdictional issues to determine whether


Relevant documents and preparing list of documents The documents you present to the Employment Tribunal are important, as they will explain your defence to the claims against you.  Usually the Tribunal

Witness statements

Generally, after all documents have been disclosed and before the full hearing, both parties will be required to prepare and exchange witness statements.  (This is the case in England and

Schedule of loss

In most cases the Claimant will want compensation, rather than reinstatement or re-engagement.  It is likely that there will be competing arguments regarding what losses the Claimant is entitled to

Witness guidance

This fact sheet provides guidance for witnesses giving evidence and looks at Employment Tribunal practice and procedure in England and Wales, and Scotland. The guidance applies to both jurisdictions unless otherwise

The proceedings

The Employment Tribunal panel will be made up of an Employment Judge and two "wing" members.The Employment Judge is legally qualified. One wing member will come from an employer-biased

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