Preparing for an Appeal Tribunal

This course examines the process of preparing a client for a first-tier Tribunal and provides a thorough grounding in how to construct an effective written submission.



By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the legal framework that underpins the decision making and appeals system;

  • Understand the Tribunal Procedure Rules;

  • Be able to assess a DWP submission;

  • Know when and how to get further evidence;

  • Be able to find relevant legislation and case law in support of an appeal;

  • Have explored tactics including negotiating with the DWP before the appeal hearing;

  • Be able to construct the best written submission to the Tribunal;

  • Be able to describe what people should expect to happen on the day of the appeal hearing including who will be present and their roles;

  • Understand what happens after the appeal hearing and when there may be grounds to appeal to the Upper Tribunal;

  • Have access to advice regarding any course-related question for 12 months after the course.


Methods of delivery

This is a practical course. It is delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies, group discussion and games.


Suitable for

This course is relevant to anyone who works with anyone who may need to prepare a client for a benefits appeal.