Forbes Solicitors
Education eNews May 2017

A Mickey Mouse Claim

O'Brien v Conwy County Borough Council

An audacious claimant who allegedly fell in the course of her employment as a teaching assistant has discontinued her claim shortly before trial.

The claimant alleged that she had slipped on a piece of discarded fruit sustaining a soft tissue injury to her neck, back and head.

Following the alleged accident, suspicions regarding the legitimacy of the claim emerged. Speculation at the school suggested that the claimant had faked her injury so that she could go on a family holiday to Florida during term time.



Save the Dates

Our Lancashire Education forums are on the following dates at Samlesbury Hall;

Thursday 9th November 2017

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Thursday 10th May 2018



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Questions we've been asked this month

Q. We have a member of staff who had a dispute with her line manager before the Easter break and did not return to work or submit a fit note. Can we send a letter stating we will treat her as having resigned from her employment?

A. Sending a letter treating an employee as having resigned from their employment can often be a risk particularly following a dispute or altercation with a line manager...



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Education based Mock Employment Tribunal

Forbes Education team, in conjunction with Hays, are running an interactive Mock Tribunal on two separate dates and locations.

22nd June - Hays Office, 2nd Floor, 5 St Paul’s Square, Liverpool, L3 9SJ
4th July - Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0AG

The Mock Tribunal, played out by the Forbes' Education Team and Hays Specialist Recruitment will demonstrate a realistic insight into the workings of an Employment Tribunal case in relation to performance management and misconduct in a School setting.

The prospect of going to an employment tribunal can be daunting. Unless you've done it before, it's difficult to imagine what it's like to be examined and cross-examined, to present a case cogently, and supply evidence to a judge and panel. Our mock employment tribunals are designed for anyone with staff management responsibilities, including Headteachers, Senior Leadership Teams, School Business Managers and School Governors. 

The format will be as follows;
08.30am Registration and refreshments
09.00am Introduction
09.15am Mock Tribunal
11.00am Questions
11.15am Close

22nd June - Hays Office, Liverpool
To book your place please click here and complete the online registration.

4th July - Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
To book your place please click here and complete the online registration.


Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with our schools, their communities, families and all those affected by the recent events.




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