From 29 July 2013, claimants in the employment tribunal began having to pay a fee of up to £250 to submit a claim, and a higher fee if the claim proceeded to a final hearing. Before summer 2013, there was no charge to submit a claim or obtain a hearing.
Following a unanimous judgment from the Supreme Court in a case brought by Unison, fees have now been abolished. The court found they prevented access to justice and disproportionately affected women.
Associate Jeremy Coy assesses if the end of fees will bring greater access to justice and transparency.
Tribunal fees: what’s next? is available to read on the People Management website.
Jeremy advises employers and employees on a breadth of employment law issues such as disciplinary matters, grievances, redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and employment tribunal litigation.