The introduction of tribunal fees in 2013 has undoubtedly affected the number and type of employment tribunal claims being bought. The Law Society's letter to the Ministry of Justice's Employment Tribunal Fees Review Team mounts pressure on the government to review the current system to provide better access to justice. Could this be another factor which leads to further changes to the system being on the horizon? The full letter can be found on the Law Society's website.
The Society's view is that ET fees have harmed access to justice and that, since July 2013, many people have not been able to enforce their employment rights.This is because:ET fees are high compared to average earningsET fees are high compared to likely awardsmany of those who win will not be reimbursed the fee, andthe remission system is confusing, uses complicated language, and is hard to navigate Download our full response below.