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Hot Off The Press: Employment Tribunal Fees are Illegal

Today, it was announced that the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Unison against the legality of the current system of employment tribunal fees, thus, the fees regime introduced in 2013 in unlawful! 

The reasoning for the judgment was based on the fact that since the introduction of fees, employment tribunal, claims have been reduced by 70%, therefore fees seem to be preventing access to justice. 

The implications of this are, no doubt, going to be digested in the next few months, however there are suggestions that (a) the government will make attempts to change the fee’s regime and/or (b) employers may be required to pay fees on submission of their response. I guess we will have to watch this space!

What has been made quite clear is that those that have paid fees since 2013 will receive a refund, whether this applies to employers that have been made to pay fees is unclear, so it looks like the tribunals will have to look at modifying their procedures once again!

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Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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