We recently welcomed dozens of local businesses to a mock Employment Tribunal, giving them the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the process and of how to minimise the chances of having a claim brought against them.
The mock Employment Tribunal heard a claim brought by the fictional Denise Royale against her employer, the equally fictional David Went for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination after she was dismissed for gross misconduct in fiddling her bonus.
Both parties were represented at the tribunal by barristers from 3 Paper Buildings in front of Lara Murray, a specialist employment solicitor at Palmers, who took the role of Employment Judge Murray for the afternoon.
Afterwards, relinquishing the role of Judge Murray, Lara Murray delivered a brief presentation on the key issues at hand and the steps employers can take to minimise the chances of having costly and unwelcome tribunal claims brought against them.
Lara Murray said: “Following a landmark Supreme Court case in summer 2017, fees for Employment Tribunals were abolished, meaning that the barriers to employees bringing claims are now substantially reduced.
“This means that employers need to be more aware than ever of employment best practices, the latest legislation and the steps they can take to maintain good relationships with their employees, thus reducing the chances of a claim being brought against them.
“We were delighted that so many employers from the local area signed up to attend and there was clearly a real appetite to understand more about employment law and best practice.”
We regularly hold events for clients and contacts to update them on legal matters of interest, most recently holding an event for landlords on the latest legislative and tax changes affecting them.