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Solicitors Cumbria - Carlisle Solicitor Joins Government Expert User Group

A Carlisle solicitor has been invited to join a prestigious Expert User Group which will advise the government on employment tribunal procedures.

A Carlisle solicitor has been invited to join a prestigious Expert User Group which will advise the government on employment tribunal procedures.

John Morris, Senior Partner and head of Employment Law at Burnetts in Carlisle and West Cumbria will attend the first meeting of the Group in London in late January at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

In November 2011, the Right Hon Dr Vince Cable asked Lord Justice Underhill to carry out a review of employment tribunal procedures which the government believes have become costly and unwieldy. The Expert Group is part of that process and will include representatives from the Confederation of British Industry, British Chambers of Commerce, the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council as well as leading employment law experts.

John, who sits on the Law Society’s Employment Law Committee and is a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge said, “The current Tribunal procedures are incredibly detailed and difficult to work through so I hope that the rules can be simplified and reduced. I would like to see more reliance on the discretion of judges: that, would in itself, allow more flexibility in the employment law system.”

“There are also a couple of specific procedural issues I expect we will be discussing, such as whether judges should have greater powers to refuse claims which have no merit and the use of ‘undue pressure’, particularly by employers to persuade an unrepresented employee to withdraw in the run up to a H”

He added, “It’s a great accolade to be invited to be part of a group described as ‘expert’ at a national level. I’m delighted. Who wouldn’t be?”

This project is part of a five year Employment Law Review being carried out by the Government with the aim of making employment laws more flexible and avoiding unnecessary cost.

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3rd January 2012

Note to Editor

Further information about the Government’s Employment Law Review is available here

Published: Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Categorised: Corporate Law, Employment

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