What to expect at an employment tribunal

An employment tribunal is very much like an everyday court, but it is nowhere near as formal so you should feel more at ease. You won’t have to face any judges or barristers in wigs and gowns and you should try to think of it as an ordinary meeting where you get to have your say.

This style of tribunal is entirely independent and its aim is to resolve a dispute over employment rights between an employee and employer. Employment tribunals deal with issues such as unfair dismissal, unfair deductions from your wages and discrimination and they are usually held after all other attempts to resolve the problem have failed.

If you have been a victim of an incident such as unfair dismissal, then you will obviously be very keen to have your say at an employment tribunal. An unfair dismissal solicitor can help you to prepare so you know what to expect on the day. Usually, your representative, such as a solicitor, will speak on your behalf at the hearing but you will still have to do some of the talking when you give your evidence. When the hearing begins, the members of the panel will be introduced, then each side will take it in turns to put their side across.

It may be uncomfortable to listen to your employer’s side of things, but just remember that if they or their witnesses say anything you disagree with, you and your representative can question it. When it is your turn to speak, remain calm and confident and remember to present all the facts in as dignified a manner as possible – no matter how angry you may be feeling inside.

Finally, there will be closing submissions, then you will be informed what happens next. Often, you will be given a decision on the day but other times the panel will tell you they’ll let you know at a later date. With the right amount of help, confidence and preparation, there is no need to be worried about your upcoming tribunal. If you would like to speak to a solicitor about your case, contact us today.