Employment Tribunal fee refund scheme now open for applications
Published: 15 December 2017
People who have paid fees to bring a claim to the Employment Tribunal can now start applying to get their money back.
The refund scheme was introduced by the government after the
Supreme Court ruled the charges for bringing a claim were unlawful.
The fee system was introduced in 2013, with employees having
to pay up to £1,200. Following a challenge by the union Unison, the Supreme
Court ruled that the fees were discriminatory, unlawful and unconstitutional.
The government has tested the refund process by contacting
up to 1,000 people who had paid to bring claims. Now, anyone who feels they are
eligible for a refund can make an application. Further details are available at
As well as being refunded their original fee, successful
applicants will also be paid interest of 0.5%, calculated from the date of the
original payment up until the refund date.
In a statement on the issue of fees, the Ministry of Justice
said: “The Supreme Court judgment noted that ‘fees paid by litigants can, in
principle, reasonably be considered to be a justifiable way of making resources
available for the justice system and so securing access to justice’. The Court
ruled, however, that we hadn’t set the fee at the right level to deliver that
Please contact Matthew Sigsworth in our Dispute Resolution
Team if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article
or any aspect of Employment Law.