Law Commission report on employment tribunals reform

The Law Commission has published its report into Employment Law Hearing Structures and made some significant and, in my view very sensible proposals. The report runs to 212 pages so I’ll just highlight a few of the key points, which I think would be welcomed by employment law practitioners and tribunal users alike. Time limits…

the unrepresented claimant who knew too much

Employment tribunals, being creatures of statute, have had an unhappy history when it comes to considering time limits and balancing adherence to them with general principles of fairness. As all those with experience of unfair dismissal claims will know, there is a strict time limit of three months for commencement of proceedings. The time limit…

impartiality and the need to follow procedures accurately

A couple of cases this month illustrate the crucial importance of paying more than lip service to fair procedure. West London Mental Health v Chhabra illustrates the dangers of allowing non decision makers to meddle in disciplinary proceedings. In this case, concerns were raised about a consultant psychiatrist, including about possible breaches of confidentiality after…