How did we help?
A bundle of documents was produced and copies were sent to all witnesses and the key members of the HR team. The witnesses included two senior managers who had not been witnesses before. We met them at a location suitable to them to prepare their evidence and we provided them with a link to our virtual training course called ‘Witness for a Day’ which they could view in their own time. A pre hearing conference also took place at which their evidence was tested.
Once the witnesses had been fully prepared, we provided a pre hearing report for our client. The pre hearing report highlights any additional issues which may have arisen following the preparation of the witness statements. It also evaluates the cost benefit to our client of proceeding taking into account complexity, value, sensitivity and the potential outcomes.
Our client’s Tribunal case proceeded to hearing and it was successfully defended. The witnesses reported that whilst they were nervous about giving evidence, they felt more confident having been fully prepared prior to the hearing.
After the hearing, we prepared a final report for our client which records the outcome and the reason for it. Importantly it also identifies any steps we recommend are taken to avoid the same issue arising again including any training needs. We believe that this is a very important tool for the ongoing development of any organisation.
Once our client had reviewed the final report, we worked alongside HR to design a training course specifically for managers dealing with performance management. The training course was based on workshops using real scenarios and Tribunal cases relevant to our client. We did not focus on the law but on the practical scenarios which the managers faced day to day. The feedback from the session included comments such as “Useful thought provoking session”, “Grateful I’ve been invited”, “Good top line and refreshing way to highlight some of the critical areas within the field” and “Clarity of equality act, disability discrimination. Simple and clear”.