A voluntary but binding arbitration is available where an applicant is pursuing an unfair dismissal claim. The applicant must receive independent advice and the parties must agree in writing to be bound by the decision before proceedings. The hearing is private, there is a bar on any further tribunal hearing on the claim and the arbitrator can award reinstatement or compensation. The decision of the arbitrator is final. There is no appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). 


Acas : arbitration

Acas conciliation flowchart

letter before claim

termination negotiations

without prejudice communications and discussions

without prejudice subject to costs offers

How to complete the employment tribunal claim form (ET1)