Jonathan Lord, Senior Lecturer in HRM and Employment Law at Salford Business School analyses the background to employment law courts in the UK, how they have developed into the system they currently adopt and how they should be treated by all stakeholders.

Jonathan Lord, Senior Lecturer in HRM and Employment Law at Salford Business School analyses the background to employment law courts in the UK, how they have developed into the system they currently adopt and how they should be treated by all stakeholders.

Introduction

The increase in employment tribunal claims has led managers to fear the dreaded ET1 form landing on their desk, where they face an average bill of £8500 to defend the claim or to settle the case, which costs on average £5400.

The tribunal service is an integral part of the application of employment law and has facilitated a fluctuating increase in claims since it was established in 1971, with figures from the tribunal annual reports showing 8592 claims were made in 1971, which increased substantially in 2018/19 to 121,075 cases.

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