Employment tribunal fees introduced in July 2013 by way of statutory instrument have been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court in a decision taking the government back to basic principles about the rule of law and access to justice.

“For the fees to be lawful, they have to be set at a level that everyone can afford, taking into account the availability of full or partial remission,” the court said. “The evidence now before the court, considered realistically and as a whole, leads to the conclusion that that requirement is not met.”

The fees were brought in during Chris Graylin...

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