What should I wear at an employment tribunal? Ask the Expert

Hello my name is Mark Ferron MD of Castle
Associates and if you like to know what to wear at an employment tribunal or how to address
the judge then please watch this short video and expert barrister Nick singer will explain.
Well I should point out that for some tribunals there are three panel members, so you’ve got
the judge who is legally trained and you’ve got two lay members or one will be from an
employer or HR background the other will be from a sort of employee union background,
so there’s usually three sometimes just the judge but you would call all of them sir or
madam. Well, all the advocates and anyone doing advocacy
should wear a suit. In terms of witnesses and parties, I always say just try and wear
what you feel comfortable in and some people want to try and make an impression but I think
ultimately the most important thing is that the witnesses feel comfortable, feel happy
and therefore wear something comfortable. I don’t think going in an old pair of jeans
or anything like that would necessary make a good impression so trying to find that balance
between being comfortable and but also looking the part because I have to be very careful
because as a barrister you’re not allowed to do what’s called coaching a witness which
is to kind of prepare them. So I know what it I would never want to be seen to be saying
to a witness well we’re gonna try and get around this we’ll try and sort of them make
the tribunal think these things I sort of try and keep it as natural as possible and
leave it with them there’s no dress code. Thanks again for watching and if you haven’t
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