What are the possible consequences of failing to follow the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures?

The Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures provides practical guidance on, and principles for, handling workplace disciplinary and grievance situations. Although a failure to follow the code does not, in itself, make an employer liable to proceedings, employment tribunals will take the code into account when considering relevant cases. An unreasonable failure to comply with a provision of the code may result in an adjustment of up to 25% in any compensation awarded. This may be up or down depending on which party is at fault.