From Summer 2013, Employment Tribunals dealing with claims of unfair dismissal will be prevented from taking into account any offer made, or discussions held, with a view to terminating an employee’s employment on agreed terms. In short, the UK Government is extending the concept of “without prejudice” discussions to situations where no formal dispute has yet arisen. The new rule will not apply to anything which in the Tribunal’s opinion was improper or connected with improper behaviour, nor will it apply to cases of automatic unfair dismissal, discrimination etc.