Whenever I see a client I am always conscious of the need to try and explain the law and procedure clearly and in plain terms. That’s not always easy, especially in complex cases and many people are nervous or uptight and find it hard to retain everything that is said. I’m always conscious that many of the things I take for granted – how the process works, who will be in the court, who will hear it etc – is a complete mystery for those people who have never been through the process before. For a solicitor the tendency is to focus on the “issues” and what you need to prove to win the case without explaining the wider context. An interesting new booklet, published by the London Law Centre, has just come out which does deal with all these points, and very helpful it is too. Take a look at this link, which will download it as a PDF.
The booklet makes it clear that it is not a substitute for legal advice or, indeed, a legal adviser, but it will help to demystify much of the employment litigation process.