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EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FEES: What took them so long?

01 September 2017  

Richard Fox examines the practical and political issues arising from the Supreme Court’s momentous decision that charging claimants to bring an employment tribunal complaint is unlawful

Quite how the government managed to hold on to the Employment Tribunal Fees Order (the Fees Order) for so long may come to be one of the mysteries of our age. The Fees Order came into effect the day after it came into force on 28 July 2013. It introduced for the first time the need to pay a fee to issue an employment tribunal claim and thereafter a fee to have the case heard. For ‘Type A’ cases (the more standard claims), these fees were £160 and £230 respectively. For ‘Type B’ cases, generally speaking the more complicated claims, these fees were £250 and £950 respectively.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51

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