It has been announced today that Employment Tribunal Fees are unlawful and will be removed with immediate effect.
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Unison who brought the case against the UK Government.
The ruling may have a significant effect on claims to employment tribunals; many of you will recall life before fees where it was not uncommon for employees to go to an employment tribunal because they had nothing to lose. Similarly, we now need to consider that pre-claim conciliation (also known as early conciliation and conducted by ACAS) may also be less attractive when there is no cost to go to a Tribunal.
The ruling is significant, and will undoubtedly have an effect on how we deal with contentious employment matters from today onwards.
The media reporting is high on this subject currently and no doubt much speculation will abound. However, we wanted to let you know the employment effect as soon as we could.
We will of course update you further on how Government may respond beyond having to pay back £27m of fees charged since their introduction, and how Employment Law may change in the near future.