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The role of non lawyers in employment tribunals

by on February 19, 2013

This is an interesting commentary from Ivor Adair at solicitors Slater & Gordon on the role and contribution of lay members of employment tribunals, with particular reference to a long running age discrimination case (Homer v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police).

He outlines how these non lawyers on the panel were able to draw on their industrial and practical work experience in assessing evidence as to whether age discrimination against Mr Homer was justified. The police argued that having to offer different terms to new starters and existing staff would be problematic, problems that the lay members, in particular, decided were ‘overstated’.

As I think we’ve previously reported on the blog, the tribunal found that in this instance the age discrimination was not justified.

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