Outcomes of employment-related tribunal claims

Appealing against an employment-related tribunal judgment

You may only appeal to the Court of Appeal on a point of law.

Broadly, a point of law is one which concerns the interpretation of the legislation and its application to the facts of the case.

Where an Industrial Tribunal or the Fair Employment Tribunal has made findings of fact based on the evidence it has read or heard, eg where the tribunal sets out what they believed actually happened, or why someone acted as they did, you cannot challenge this - even if you think that the tribunal was wrong to make those findings.

As well as appeals against judgments, appeals to the Court of Appeal can also be made against Interim decisions, directions or orders made by a tribunal. An appeal to the Court of Appeal may therefore be made where, for example, the tribunal has granted or refused to grant a witness order, a postponement or deadline extension.

If you intend to take a case to the Court of Appeal you are strongly advised to seek further information and advice.

Appealing/Challenging an Award made by an arbitrator

To find out more about appealing/challenging an award, read a Labour Relations Agency guide to the Arbitration Scheme. Section 9 provides further details on appealing/challenging the award.