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Leading HR & Employment firm BMcPrecept give business leaders a taste of what happens at employment tribunal

Leading HR & Employment firm BMcPrecept give business leaders a taste of what happens at employment tribunal

Business leaders were given a taste of what happens at an employment tribunal by a leading Derby employment law company following the news that the government is to inject £2.85m into the system, in a bid to ease a backlog of cases in England and Wales.

BMcPrecept, who are based in Mansfield Road, collaborated with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CIPD branch at the University of Derby’s imitation courtroom to lead professionals through an unfair dismissal-related mock employment tribunal. 

Based on a fictional scenario, the case involved a difficult claimant who had been dismissed for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol at work, calling her boss a moron and threatening to slap him. 

Delegates learned how a hearing works, how to put a case across effectively and the importance of being properly prepared.

It comes as employment tribunal hearings are at a record high with some cases pushed back to mid-2024 as the system struggles to cope with increased waiting times after covid.

The number of open caseloads rose from 46,467 to more than 50,000 in the year to October 2022, according to recent figures published by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

Rob Tice, managing director of BMcPrecept, said: “It was a great event with a really good turn-out.

“With employment tribunal hearings at a record level, it is important that leaders and HR professionals know how to handle a case and, more importantly, how the decisions you make in the workplace play out in a tribunal hearing.

“For our experts at BMcPrecept, it was a real team effort; we had some first-rate cross examination from Philip Pearson-Batt and Robyn Smith whilst Emma Tice gave a fine performance as the claimant. I also enjoyed being judge for the day.”

Claire Smalley, of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CIPD, said:

“The mock tribunal event was great. We’ve already had some amazing feedback about how useful members have found it, and how they appreciated the role-play format to bring it to life.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rob and his team for making the event so successful.”

BMcPrecept are one of the fastest growing HR & Employment Law specialists in the East Midlands. Offering professional advice and outsourced HR support across the UK, they have a busy schedule of events planned for 2023.

The next event is online and will focus on menopause in the workplace, including the current legal position in England and Wales. It’s free and you can book your place by visiting event


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