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Employment tribunal - please help

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madrose Mon 17-Feb-14 19:36:40

Hello, this is rather a desperate thread. Does anyone have any 'legal' knowledge re employment tribunals.

My husband has his hearing coming up soon and it is impossible to find a solicitor that can help (no win no fee sort of thing) things are very tight due to lack of employment. It's an interesting case - but stressful.

It looks like he his going to have to represent himself, but he could really do with some advice.

Thank you if you can help, or know someone who can.

iheartdusty Mon 17-Feb-14 19:45:49

has he been in touch with the bar pro bono unit?

have you checked all the insurance you have, in case it has legal cover for employment cases?

is he in a union?

2Retts Mon 17-Feb-14 19:53:20

Agree with iheartdusty; there is often some kind of cover in place that you have perhaps forgotten about.

If all else fails though, it is perfectly doable with self-representation. As long as your husband is calm and organised (with supporting evidence for his legal arguments), the panel are obliged to take this into consideration.

Good luck

madrose Mon 17-Feb-14 19:58:33

Thank you.

No union, he was self employed (contracted) discovered a major fraud, involving public funds. He Informed the appropriate managers and then underwent through a period of intimation and undermining until he was forced to leave.

I've shown him the link re bar pro bono unit and have asked him to check the house insurance.

It use to be that tribunals were set up so the ordinary person could represent themselves ......... no longer the case sad

prh47bridge Mon 17-Feb-14 22:02:49

It is still very much the case that tribunals are intended for the ordinary person to represent themselves. They are run like a court case but are somewhat less formal.

What exactly do you need to know?

madrose Mon 17-Feb-14 22:26:08

The format really.

We've submitted all the evidence (80 pages), received theirs (including some very obviously doctored documentation)- but they will be there with a team of barristers etc, and my DH is now worried that he will have to 'cross examine' their witnesses and while he is an articulate man, he has absolutely no experience in this field - or tribunals.

The courts have allocated the case two days in March. Will it be a day for his evidence and a day for theirs?

Thank you so much for replying

prh47bridge Tue 18-Feb-14 12:35:51

You might find this useful.

madrose Tue 18-Feb-14 21:44:35

Thank you, i/we really appreciate the help

needtobediscreet Tue 18-Feb-14 21:54:42

Have a look at www.pcaw.org.uk

Also contact your local CAB - they sometimes have specialist employment law advisers.

needtobediscreet Tue 18-Feb-14 21:56:23

ACAS could also help I think?

babybarrister Wed 19-Feb-14 12:12:17

you can also go directly to a barrister - have a google of Direct Access Barrister

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