Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support Scheme (ELIPS)

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ELIPS CLINIC USERS

From 13 April 2020 ELIPS volunteers will only see litigants who:

  • have a hearing or mediation on the day of the clinic; or
  • will have a hearing or mediation within:

    - one week (London Central ELIPS clinics); or
    - one month (Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol ELIPS clinics)

        of the date of the clinic.

OR

  • have to comply with a case management order within:

    - one week (London Central ELIPS clinics); or
    - one month (Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol ELIPS clinics)

          of the date of the clinic

Please note that litigants in person attending ELIPS clinics will need to have a copy of their hearing notice or case management order with them in order to be seen by an ELIPS volunteer. We regret  volunteers are unable to see litigants without this.

The ELA Pro Bono Committee has set up this pro bono scheme to assist unrepresented litigants in Tribunal. It is similar to other schemes already successfully operated in the High Court and family court. The ELIPS scheme has the support of the Judges at the Employment Tribunals, and is being run in collaboration with Advocate (the new name of the Bar Pro Bono Unit), LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group) and the Free Representation Unit. The ELA’s ELIPS scheme received ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2017 Law Society Awards in the Excellence in Pro Bono category.

The scheme runs in

  • London Central Employment Tribunal (usually once a week every Thursday, 9am to 4pm)
  • Cardiff Employment Tribunal (usually the third Friday of the month, 9.15am to 4pm)
  • Birmingham Employment Tribunal (usually the first Friday of the month, 9.15am to 4pm)
  • Bristol Employment Tribunal (usually the second Friday of the month, 9.15am to 4pm)

Please email elips@elaweb.org.uk if you are interested in volunteering for ELIPS, at London Central, Birmingham or Cardiff Employment Tribunals, or if you would like more information.

ELIPS has received full approval from HMCTS to be a permanent scheme. It also has the support of the judiciary and has been endorsed by the President of the Employment Tribunals, Brian Doyle. In a recent letter to ELA, he said:

"Your work in supporting litigants in person is very much appreciated, we hope that the Scheme in London Central will continue successfully and we are optimistic that means of rolling out the model in other parts of the Country will emerge."

Testimonials from Members of the Judiciary

Feedback from volunteers and litigants

Watch webinar on Short Notice Advocacy, Sean Jones QC, 11KBW    

The scheme offers unrepresented litigants (claimants and respondents):

  • On the day representation:
    • Simple one day (or less) claims
    • Preliminary hearings
       
  • On the day one off advice on a hearing or case management order which has to be complied with within one week (London Central)/month (other regions)

It does not provide on the day representation in complex/multi-day hearings.

ELIPS is manned by ELA members and there will be two volunteers on each day (to assist each other and manage conflicts).

Please email us if you are interested in volunteering for ELIPS, at London Central, Birmingham or Cardiff Employment Tribunals, or if you would like more information.

We are very grateful for the support of Thomson Reuters, who provide access to Practical Law Employment,  and  LexisNexis, who provide access to LEXISPSL, for the ELIPS clinics

ELIPS FAQ – London Central

 ELIPS FAQ – Cardiff

ELIPS FAQ – Birmingham

ELIPS FAQ - Bristol 

ELIPS ‘Phone a Friend’ scheme

ELA is grateful to Littleton Chambers, Matrix Chambers and Old Square Chambers who are supporting the ELIPS scheme through ‘Phone a Friend’ – a list of barristers who are happy to be called by volunteers on ELIPS duty days, either in an emergency or for reassurance on a point.

A note about insurance under the ELIPS scheme

Barrister volunteers must be tenants at a set of chambers. They will volunteer under the auspices of Advocate. As a result, volunteers will be covered by their own insurance under the Bar Mutual Insurance scheme.

Solicitors who volunteer for ELIPS are covered by insurance put in place by LawWorks.

Please read SRA Professional Indemnity Insurance Rules Waiver