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Testing times on the horizon

Fees remission changes pose a challenging test for both litigants and 
employment lawyers, says Michael Reed

7 June 2013

Employment tribunals will start charging fees from 29 July 2013. A level one claim, such as one for unlawful deduction for wages will cost £160 to lodge, followed by a £230 hearing fee. A level two claim, such as one for unfair dismissal or discrimination will cost £250 to lodge, followed by a £950 hearing fee.

There will be other fees for judicial mediation (£600), applications to review default judgment (£100), applications to review judgments (£100-£350) and appeals (£400 on issue and £1,200 hearing fee).

These are substantial fees, which will have a significant impact on litigants before the tribunal. They have the potential to stop poorer litigants bringing cases and thereby limit access to justice.

Against that possibility is the existence of fee remission. Poorer litigants will not have to pay the fee or pay a reduced fee. But much depends on the detail of that system.

The employment tribunals will follow...

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