A group of students from the Law Programmes at St Mary’s University, Twickenham had an interesting visit to the Central London Employment Tribunal to observe tribunals in session on 4th November 2015.
The students from the LLB Law, BA Business Law and BA Business Management Studies degree programmes observed firsthand an example of an employee’s behaviour held by the tribunal to be gross misconduct entitling the employer to dismiss without notice. Having entered into a disagreement whilst selling a train ticket to a customer, the employee left their ticket booth, escorting the customer from the premises and physically assaulting them in the process. Another case observed by the students involved an alleged lack of consultation with a former Managing Director of a company that had become insolvent. The students heard evidence and the disputed version of events from previously close business colleagues and all said that they would have liked to return the following day to hear the tribunal’s conclusion.
Lecturer in Law at St Mary’s Jenny Henry said, “We had covered this area of the law the day before in a lecture and it was great to see how much the students enjoyed seeing it applied in practice. Such visits increase students’ commercial awareness and help enhance their employability skills, a key factor in our teaching on the Law Programmes.”