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What is a disability impact statement in relation to an employment tribunal claim?

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Produced in partnership with Peter Edwards of Devereux Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 18/10/2019

The following Employment Q&A produced in partnership with Peter Edwards of Devereux Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is a disability impact statement in relation to an employment tribunal claim?

The order for a claimant to produce a disability impact statement has become one of the standard directions given at case management discussions (CMDs) in respect of disability discrimination cases in which disability is denied or not admitted.

The standard directions in those circumstances will tend to be for the claimant to be ordered to disclose medical records (whether in their entirety or limited to a specific time period or to a specific medical condition) together with the disability impact statement. The respondent is then given a specific time period in which to confirm whether disability is admitted before directions as to medico-legal experts—single or joint instruction—will then apply.

The disability impact statement is, effectively, a witness statement from t

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