Scrase Law Employment Solicitors



THE BARN AT BERKELEY –  M5 (Junctions 13/14)

According to Ministry of Justice statistics, during the first full quarter since Employment Tribunal fees were abolished, the number of single Employment Tribunal claims increased by 90%.  At our next biannual legal update we will focus on the rise in Employment Tribunal claims, how employers can avoid slipping up and place themselves in a strong position to defend claims, and what to expect if the claim proceeds to a hearing.

We will be giving practical guidance to employers and HR professionals on how to avoid matters proceeding to a Tribunal claim in the first place, focussing in particular on common mistakes often made by employers during disciplinary and grievance processes which can give rise to risk.  We will then give an overview of what employers should expect if a claim is issued and how to prepare for a Tribunal hearing.

As usual we will also be examining the latest developments in employment law with an extensive round-up of recent case law.


10.30 – Introduction

10.45 – How to protect your business against Tribunal claims – Alexandra Robinson:

  • The importance of company documentation and procedures
  • Managing disciplinary issues and grievances effectively
  • The ACAS Code
  • Ensuring dismissal procedures are fair
  • Disciplinary outcomes – the Burchell test and the range of reasonable responses
  • Avoiding discrimination
  • S111A Employment Rights Act and settlement agreements

11.45 – Coffee

12.00 – What to expect from the Employment Tribunal process – Rupert Scrase:

  • Early conciliation and ACAS
  • Responding to a claim
  • Case Management Orders and Preliminary Hearings
  • Disclosing documents
  • Drafting witness statements
  • Preparing for and attending the final Hearing
  • Judgments

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Round-up of the latest developments in employment law – Sally Rogers, including:

  • EHRC Report on ending sexual harassment at work
  • Response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices
  • Tax on termination payments
  • GDPR update

14.30 – Case law round-up – Sally Rogers, including:

  • Enhancing shared parental leave pay
  • Parity of terms for agency workers
  • Unfair dismissal case law update
  • Redundancy and “bumping”
  • Knowledge in disability discrimination claims
  • A warning on the risks of bypassing collective bargaining

15.00 – Close

Booking information:

£140 plus VAT per delegate (includes lunch)

FREE for retainer clients of Scrase Employment Solicitors

Please contact us on 0117 985 1026 or to book a place.