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The number of employment tribunal claims is an ambiguous one

Fees, the economy, ACAS conciliation and client service all play a part, says Louise Haward

8 April 2014

The introduction of employment tribunal fees and Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) this April appears to be one of the greatest periods of change that our employment law team has seen, especially since the introduction, and then withdrawal, of statutory dispute resolution procedures.

The recently published statistics from the employment tribunals service for the period of October to December 2013 quoted a decrease in the number of claims by 79 per cent compared to the same period in 2012. While some in the profession are convinced that this is a direct result of the fee scheme, others are more cautiously considering that it may in fact be as a result of an improvement in the general economic stability in UK businesses. The figures will be interesting once Early ACAS conciliation is in full swing...

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