Unison’s latest challenge to tribunal fees fails

Unison’s latest challenge to the legality of employment tribunal fees has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

The introduction of fees was possibly the most controversial change to the tribunal system since its inception. Praised by some as a means of weeding out unmeritorious claims, it was condemned by others as a restriction on access to justice, which left many employees unable to exercise their employment rights leaving them limited redress against the actions of unscrupulous employers.

Under the new rules workers are charged an “issue fee” when a tribunal claim is issued and a “hearing fee” which is payable before the case is heard.

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Andrew Chamberlain

Partner - Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

I am a Partner, the National Head of the Employment Team and the Chair of the Service Delivery Executive (SDE), which is focused on building better solutions for clients.