That is no longer the question. 

To lodge a claim before the Employment Tribunal, you will have to pay a fee as from the latter half of next year.

Fees will be charged in two stages, firstly on the issue of a claim and secondly prior to the Hearing.  Both will be payable by the Claimant but the Tribunal can order that they are repaid by the Employer if the Claimant wins their claim. 

The level of the fee payable will depend on the type of claim issued but they will range from £160 to £250 for the issue of a claim and £230 to £950 prior to the Hearing.  The argument rages on as to whether or not this creates access to justice issues for Claimants or effectively discourages spurious claims.  Only time will tell.

For more information, please contact Linky Trott, by emailing


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