Reply To: VTS URGENT -Change to evidence disclosure process with effect from 1 April 2024

nick dearnley


My impression of the new directions was that the initial submission would be used by the VT to decide whether the issue should proceed to hearing. There’s nothing in the new directions, as far as I can see, that circumvents the requirement for the initial grievance to be lodged with the LA. That said, I’ve just re-read the Practice Statement and it is a bit confusing.

If you’ve not had a s16 grievance and therefore not responded to it, the only thing I can suggest is a shortened submission along the lines of the appeal being not duly made, including a request to vary the directions requiring a full submission on the grounds that you’ve not had the opportunity to reconsider the decision because there was no initial s16 grievance.