Mock Employment Tribunal Hearing

Mock Employment Tribunal Hearing

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Legal Island, in association with Eversheds Sutherland, Ulster University and the Labour Relations Agency present... A Mock Employment Tribunal

What is this event about?
Employment tribunals are frightening for the uninitiated and far more formal than they were intended to be when they were created. Participants who fail to prepare must be prepared to fail. This workshop is a realistic mock tribunal, designed with employers and other witnesses inexperienced in tribunal procedures in mind.

What are the learning outcomes?
You will gain confidence from observing or taking part in a mock tribunal case, chaired by an experienced tribunal Chairperson. The morning sessions prepare you for the ‘live’ afternoon sessions, by studying ‘real’ application and response forms and many background papers, with the support of experts. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the new Early Conciliation service which came into effect in Northern Ireland on the 27th January 2020.

What will be covered?
A mock tribunal from start to finish:

  • Explanation of the format, background to the ‘case’ and allocating roles
  • Responding to a claim – Meeting with your representative, providing information and making witness statements
  • Conciliation in employment cases – Listen and learn
  • Outside the hearing – What to expect on the day
  • Inside the hearing – From oath to cross-examination
  • Inside the hearing – Summing-up and case stating
  • Reaching a decision – Understanding likely awards and costs, as well as feedback

Who should attend?
This is an ideal course for employers and other witnesses who wish to experience a realistic tribunal process in a safe environment.

When and where?
9.15am - 4.30pm on Tuesday 5th May 2020
Ulster University, York Street Campus


Early Bird Rate: £75+VAT

Standard Rate: £100+VAT

This event can only be booked by emailing Vanessa Porter at

In association with:

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"Practical, realistic and running it as close to the real set up as possible with a Judge was very impactive. Brilliant delivery - one of the best learning opportunities I have ever attended. Providing such a realistic mock tribunal setting with a Judge made it 'real' and has helped enormously in preparing for the real thing!"
Mark Goodfellow, Head of Resourcing and Appointments Division, Department of Finance

"I liked the working through a case from start to finish. This created learning points at every stage followed by the mock tribunal providing an excellent understanding and "feel" of the reality of having to attend a tribunal hearing. I really enjoyed comparing the contrasts between my own thoughts and decisions throughout the process against the final outcome explanation from the panel, real food for thought and great learning."
Margaret Richards ,Continuous Improvement & Learning Manager, Interface Ltd

"This course is excellent for any HR Professionals and gave a true insight as to what to expect on the day. The mock tribunal was excellent and very true to real life. Whilst I have some tribunal experience myself both in terms of preparation and representing at case management discussions, I found the course very good at giving a general overview and picked up some useful tips in terms of defending cases."
Helen Hardy, Director, Personnel & Training Services

"The mock tribunal gave a very interesting insight into the behavior expected; I had not anticipated that this is such an important element of the tribunal. Without this insight, I imagine that the tribunal experience could be incredibly overwhelming and traumatic for anyone giving evidence. I thought the students did a great job under incredibly testing circumstances. The outcome of the mock tribunal was a particular highlight for me, providing important learning!"
Angela Getty, Equality and Legal Manager, Ulster University

"A fantastic insight into Industrial Tribunals, giving advise and guidance which would fill you with confidence in the unfortunate event you were to be involved in one in real life."
Adam Wright, HR Advisor, Wrightbus

"Would definitely recommend to other HR professionals but also to company directors as the fear factor alone should encourage full compliance with policies and procedures. We all need to raise our game to survive the dreaded tribunal."
Barbara White, HR Manager, H.K Dickey & Maine Soft Drinks


  • Lisa Bryson
    Lisa Bryson Partner
    Eversheds Sutherland

    Lisa is a partner in the employment and immigration team of Eversheds Sutherland.  Lisa trained and qualified with Eversheds LLP (as was then) in Nottingham and London before moving back ‘home’ in 2009.  She has led the employment and immigration practice in Northern Ireland since re-joining the firm in 2017.

    Lisa has considerable experience of providing contentious and non-contentious employment law advice to private and public sector clients.   She specialises in restructuring and TUPE work, major change programmes, executive matters and severances and Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunal litigation.  Lisa is an experienced Tribunal advocate and has appeared in numerous hearings both in Northern Ireland and England.  Lisa advises clients across a broad range of sectors with a particular interest in the financial and professional services, retail, media and telecommunications, transport and logistics and manufacturing sectors.

    The practice group works closely with businesses preparing for the immigration implications of Brexit and those businesses seeking to move their workforce around the globe and recruit new employees to ensure that all legal requirements are met.

  • Martin O'Brien
    Martin O'Brien Former Industrial Tribunal Chairman

    Martin is a practising Barrister specialising in Criminal Law, Human Rights, Employment and Discrimination issues.  He is a former part-time Chair of Industrial Tribunals & The Fair Employment Tribunal, a Chairman of Appeals Tribunals, and a lecturer at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast.

  • Avril Alexander
    Avril Alexander Employment Relations Manager
    Labour Relations Agency

    Avril Alexander has worked for the Labour Relations Agency for over 30 years, including 5 years in the Helpline, where she answered queries on employment law and 8 years working as a Conciliation Officer, helping parties resolve employment tribunal claims. Avril is currently working as an Employment Relations Manager in the Conciliation and Arbitration Department where she manages a team of conciliators.  She is a member of the CIPD and is a qualified and experienced mediator.

Event details


09:30am - 4.30pm


05 May 2020


Ulster University, York Street Campus


Standard Rate: £100+VAT (deadline Friday 27 March 2020)

Early Bird Rate: £75+VAT

This event can only be booked by emailing