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Important new rules came into force April 6, 2014, which require the parties to a dispute in the United Kingdom to try to settle through Acas, the national conciliation service, before the prospective claimant can bring a formal Employment Tribunal claim.
The steps which must be followed are prescriptive and detailed, but the key points are as follows:
These new rules are significant because they affect virtually all potential Tribunal claims. It is possible that the rules will lead to “satellite litigation” (i.e., a situation where claims are fought theoretically before going through the Tribunal system), but in many cases the early disclosure of information will help both parties understand the strength of their cases, and in many cases this will aid early and cost-effective resolution.
Alex Denny is a partner, Victoria FitzGerald an associate and Emma Vennesson an associate in Faegre Baker Daniels’ London office.
Copyright 2014 © Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. All rights reserved.
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