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City employers seek alternatives to tribunal route for disputes

first_imgCity employers seek alternatives to tribunal route for disputesOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. An alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service for employment disputes hasbeen launched in response to demand from City firms. The City Disputes Panel (CDP), a not-for-profit organisation which provides commercialADR services, is fielding a panel of 25 professionals – including employmentlawyers and barristers, HR consultants, and judicial members with experience oftribunal work – to help employers solve potentially damaging and expensiveinternal disputes confidentially. CDP chief executive Karl Davies claimed the succession of expensive,high-profile employment tribunal cases involving City firms in the past fewyears, such as that of Louise Barton against Investec Henderson Crosthwaite,was not the main motivation for employers. “In many a case, costs were becoming disproportionate to the issue –one member said the costs estimate in his disciplinary case exceeded themaximum award. Some organisations would buy off unmeritorious claims.” CDP is the first organisation to respond to last year’s calls from theEmployment Tribunal System Taskforce for pilot mediation and ADR schemes totake pressure off the tribunal system. Davies said: “There is a surprising lack of support for employers. Forthose few that do have mediation clauses in their employment contracts, theworry has been finding mediators if they ever needed to use them.” last_img read more