The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) has issued Presidential Guidance in force from 3 October, setting out a procedure for judicial assessment in the employment tribunal. Under this procedure, the employment judge will be able to give an impartial and confidential assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ respective claims at an early stage in the proceedings, provided the parties consent. The judge carrying out the assessment will not be involved in the final hearing if the case proceeds. This may serve as a useful reality check of the merits or quantum for some unrepresented claimants.