Two weeks on from the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap the current Employment Tribunal fee system, the Government has still not provided any details on how refunds will be dealt with.
Although the mechanism currently remains unclear, there is no doubt that those who have paid Employment Tribunal fees since 2013 are due a refund. The Supreme Court made clear in R (on the application of UNISON) (Appellant) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent)  UKSC 51 that the Tribunal fee system prevented access to justice and was unlawful. With approximately £32 million raised in fees since 2013 there will be many thousands of people who are due a refund. With the standard fees for a claim for unfair dismissal being £1,200 (consisting of an issue fee of £250 and a hearing fee of £950), the sums involved are significant.
If you are one of the people who paid Employment Tribunal fees since 2013 and you would like to know more about reclaiming the money owed, please contact us to register your interest. To speak to one of our employment solicitors about an Employment Tribunal fee refund, please call us on 01924 387 110.