Employment Appeal Tribunal guidance
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.
It 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
Supplementary procedures or clarifications may be found in the following practice statements.
President's Practice Statement – 03 February 2005 (PDF 0.07mb)
President’s Practice Statement – 17 April 2012 (PDF 0.07mb)
Familiar Cases (PDF 0.06mb)
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 Mr Justice Langstaff, and a Registrar, currently Ms Pauline Donleavy. Details on judges and lay members can be found on the Judiciary page.