From 29th July 2013 to 26th July 2017, claimants had to present an “issue fee” when they submitted their claim to the tribunal, followed by a “hearing fee” before the full tribunal hearing. The amount of the fee depended on the type of claim and ranged between £390.00 & £1,200.00.
Different fees were also payable where a claim was brought jointly by a group of claimants.
On 26th July 2017, the fees regime was quashed by the Supreme Court which decided they were unlawful and discriminatory.
As a result, fees are no longer payable in the employment tribunals and EAT, and the Government is obliged to make arrangements for the refund of fees paid since 2013.
On 15th November 2017, the Government fully opened a scheme to deal with applications for employment tribunal fee refunds.
The type of application depends:-
If you paid the fees and made the claim;
If you paid the fees for someone else to make the claim; or
If the tribunal ordered you to pay the fees of someone who brought the claim against you.
For all successful applications, the Government will also add interest at the rate of 0.5%.
If you require any advice in relation to the above or, indeed, any other matter then please do not hesitate to contact our Employment & HR team on 0191 567 0465 or by email email@example.com
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