A good friend, as part of World Book Day on Saturday, was handing out free copies of “All Quiet on the Western Front.”
What reading novels ingrains into the reader is the habit of connecting the dots. In a novel it is rare for all the action to be committed to the page. Most novels require the reader to connect the dots between what has happend on the page with what has happened off the page.
This is an useful habit for those involved in Employment Tribunals to get into -it is very rare indeed that documents and witness statements are a comprehensive account of everything that has taken place. It is the cross – examining Lawyer’s job ( and the Employment Tribunal panel’s ) to find out what else happened, other than what is documented or on the statement.
Many a time have I heard an Employment Judge say to a witness: ” It does not matter whether it is documented or minuted, did it happen?”