Practice Direction (Employment Appeal Tribunal – Procedure) 2013

The main function of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) is to hear appeals from decisions made by Employment Tribunals.

An appeal must be on a point of law, i.e. it must identify flaws in the legal reasoning of the original decision. The Employment Appeal Tribunal will not normally re–examine issues of fact.

Fees apply to appeals from Employment Tribunal Decisions. Information about fees and how to apply for a remission of fee is available from leaflet T437 – Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees.

The EAT also hears appeals from (and applications relating to) decisions made by the Certification Officer or by the Central Arbitration Committee, however these are infrequent.

The EAT’s powers are set out in Part II of the Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (as amended) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Rules 1993 (as amended).

The procedures which the EAT operates, and what it requires of parties, are set out in the Practice Direction

The principles established in the EAT’s judgments are used by Employment Tribunals when they reach their decisions.

The EAT is headed by a President, currently The Honourable Mrs Justice Simler DBE, and a Registrar, currently Ms Julia Johnson.