The Employment Tribunal used to charge claimants a fee for issuing their claim and before the final hearing of their case. Between July 2013 and July 2017, thousands of claimants had to pay up to £1,200 to pursue their cases.
That all changed earlier this year when the Supreme Court decided that the fee regime was unlawful. The government not only had to stop charging fees going forward, it was also obliged to reimburse all fees paid since 2013.
With four years' worth of claimants to refund, this was always going to be a substantial undertaking. Three months after the Supreme Court decision, the government has announced the first phase of its fee refund scheme. An initial selection of 1,000 claimants will be contacted and invited to submit their claims. Everyone else will have to wait until the scheme is fully rolled out, but if you think you will have a claim, then there is a contact address where you can pre-register.
For those who have paid Employment Tribunals fees, but have not been invited to take part in the initial stage, we are setting up a pre-registration scheme so that they can register an interest in applying when the full scheme is rolled out.