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The tribunal has a mechanism, under rule 21, for dealing with the situation where a respondent either does not wish to contest a claim against it, or fails to put in a response to it that is valid under the rules. In such circumstances:
the tribunal will look to see whether judgment might be entered in the claim straight away, without the need for a contested hearing, and
the respondent will lose the ability as of right fully to participate in the remainder of proceedings
The mechanism can also apply to a claimant that does not put in a timely defence to a respondent employer's contractual counterclaim.
The tribunal procedure under rule 21 will apply to a respondent in relation to a claimant's claim against it in three sets of circumstances:
where, in its ET3 response, a respondent states that no part of the claim is contested (see Practice Note: Responding to a claim in the employment tribunal—The form of a response)
where, within 28
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