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Holiday round up - some cases you might have missed

Holiday round up - some cases you might have missed

For those of you lucky enough not to have been in the country over the past couple of rainy weeks, here is a one stop catch up on some interesting cases you have missed.

How very appealing – practical tips for conducting appeals

How very appealing – practical tips for conducting appeals

The Court of Appeal has recently published its judgment in Adeshina v St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  The facts of the case are interesting, in that the EAT's decision - that employers can rectify serious procedural defects on appeal - was not challenged and so remains good law.  This feels a good time to provide some practical tips about conducting appeal hearings.

Come on, Judge, tell us what you’re thinking

Come on, Judge, tell us what you’re thinking

Parties and lawyers in employment tribunal cases often scrutinise the Employment Judge’s comments and reactions at preliminary hearings with a view to getting an early indication as to which way the Judge might be leaning. Now there is a means by which parties can get an assessment from a Judge at an early stage in proceedings of the strengths, weaknesses and risks of the parties’ respective claims.

Dismissal was automatically unfair even though the decision-taker did not know about the protected disclosure

Dismissal was automatically unfair even though the decision-taker did not know about the protected disclosure

The Claimant raised concerns with her line manager, Mr Widmer, about a possible breach of the Respondent’s rules and of regulatory rules. In response, Mr Widmer encouraged her to retract her concerns and began an intensive performance management process, giving her an impossible list of tasks to complete and getting her to attend weekly review meetings. Mr Widmer emailed HR to indicate that the Claimant was not performing well and that they would need to look at getting rid of her if things d...