Getting ready for your Employment Tribunal hearing
Once you have submitted your claim to the Employment Tribunal,
you should receive a Notice of Hearing, along with a Directions
Notice from the Tribunal. This will usually include a map and a
guide to attending the Tribunal Hearing Centre.
Key dates and Directions from the Employment Tribunal
On the run-up to your Employment Tribunal hearing, there will be
a number of important dates by which you must have completed
certain tasks. These might include:
- The date by which you must disclose your documents to the other
party in the case;
- The date by which you must notify the Tribunal and the other
party of the remedy you are seeking;
- The date by which you must exchange witness statements;
- If it is relevant, the date by which you must submit a Schedule
of Loss - a document that shows the amount you are claiming.
It is very important that you comply with all key dates and
directions the Tribunal gives you. Failure to do this could result
in your case being struck out.
Even if you have not been given any specific directions you
should make sure that the other party has reasonable notice of any
documents/statements or witnesses that you plan to use at the
hearing by sending copies to them in advance of the hearing in any
You will need to provide the Employment Tribunal with evidence
of what you want and the damages you are claiming. It is important
that you bring all your evidence to the Tribunal and it is helpful
if you have copies of all your documents available for the Tribunal
If you need help or advice as you prepare for an Employment
Tribunal hearing, our employment solicitors are available to assist
you. Call us on 0800 422 0241 or simply complete our contact
form, and we will contact you.
Will I be expected to pay to go to Tribunal?
In most Employment Tribunal cases, each side will pay their own
costs. However, in certain circumstances, the Tribunal may order
one side to pay costs to the other. Those circumstances can include
if one side has behaved unreasonably in the way they have carried
out the case or if a Tribunal thinks that a claim was so weak that
it should not have been brought, these issues may also be raised at
an earlier stage for example at a Pre-Hearing Review.