The Supreme Court has ruled employment tribunal fees are unlawful under both UK and EU law because they have the effect of preventing access to justice and are indirectly discriminatory. The result is that there will be no fees to be paid to file or pursue claims.
Whilst it was accepted that the purpose behind the introduction of fees were potentially legitimate, the Lord Chancellor could not lawfully impose whatever fees he chose in order to achieve those purposes. The immediate consequence of this important judgment is that tribunal and EAT fees cease to be payable with effect from the date of the judgment, 26 July 2017.
Another major victory for employees everywhere!
It’s official, as the Supreme Court states in its judgment “employment law is characterised by a relatively high level of complexity and technicality”, but then of course all those involved in employment law already knew that!