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“An Ageing Fool?…” – covering that age old problem

“An Ageing Fool?…” Mock Tribunal

Kindly sponsored by Buckland Harvester Insurance Brokers, our third mock employment tribunal was extremely well-received by all who attended.

With another ingenious and witty script written by Employment Solicitor Frances Nash, the cast of four professionals working in HR and management, each portrayed a believable and entertaining part.

The event followed an age discrimination claim, brought against fictional Bury-based Fletcher Sketch Drawings Ltd, by 61 year old April Spring (Stella Heap of Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club). She believed that she was made redundant with no warning and was not fairly considered for a project management position for a new project that the company had won, on the grounds of her age.

Respondents came in the form of arrogant MD Buck Whit (Martin Byrne of Business Protect), his niece who was employed as the dippy HR Manager Lauren Geitis (Damiana Casile of and faithful and loyal deputy MD Ray Ling (Gordon Meikle of SCP Transport).

After each read their statements, they were cross examined by Employment Partner Mark Higgins and Frances Nash accordingly, all under the watchful eye of Kirsten Barry, employment barrister at 9 St John Street who played the part of the Employment Judge.

At various points during the hearing Ms Barry, paused proceedings to give valuable advice on tribunal protocol and how to behave.

The event, which was filmed in its entirety, reached its climax with the handing down of the judgment. Mr Higgins’s skilful cross-examination managed to defeat the age discrimination claim but the claim of unfair dismissal succeeded with the claimant being awarded close to £80,000 in compensation.

At the end of the case, the Judge pointed out that had the age discrimination claim succeeded, compensation would have been closer to £250,000 and would probably have spelt the end of Fletcher Sketch as a viable business.

Our thanks go to Kate McKenzie of Kate McKenzie Events, and our marketing team, for smooth and efficient arrangements throughout.

For advice on how to prepare for a real tribunal and how to protect yourself against claims being brought towards your company, get in touch with out Employment team on 0161 832 6131 or email