Thanks to Laurie Anstis for permission to reproduce the content of his blog Work/Life/Law
ACAS has just published a lengthy research paper on the effect of its conciliation processes in employment tribunal claims.
There is an enormous amount of material in the report for those interested in employment tribunal statistics.
One particularly interesting point, in light of the current debate around tribunal fees, are the reasons given (at p66 – 69) for claimants withdrawing their cases – 27% said they thought they would not win or that it would be a waste of time, 20% said that the tribunal fees (presumably hearing fees) were off-putting and 17% said they found the process too stressful.
The sample is small, but this represents some of the best information we have about reasons for the withdrawal of claims.