In perhaps the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years, a seven-person Supreme Court has found that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order, which was introduced in 2013, prevents access to justice and is unlawful.
An appeal made by Unison regarding the legality of the fees has been allowed by the Supreme Court.
This means that as of today fees cease to be payable for claims in the employment tribunal (ET) and appeals to the EAT, and fees paid in the past must be reimbursed.
The Supreme Court ruled fees of up to £1,200 are ‘inconsistent with access to justice’.
Read the full judgment.