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The Cost of Bringing a Tribunal Claim in 2013
The Ministry of Justice has recently announced the level of fees that it intends to charge Employment Tribunal claimants from summer next year.

Claimants who want to take an unfair dismissal, equal pay or discrimination claim to a full employment tribunal hearing will have to pay a fee of £1,200 in advance. This comprises £250 to lodge the complaint and a further £950 when the hearing begins.

Simpler claims, such as those for unpaid wages or redundancy pay, will cost a total of £390 – comprising an initial fee of £160 and a further £230 if the hearing goes ahead.

However, those on low incomes will be able to seek an exemption similar to the system currently used in the civil courts. Hopefully this will reduce the number of spurious claims, but it may increase the level of the financial settlements where those not able to claim fee remission, try to recover the cost of the proceedings. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a flurry of claims being submitted before the fees come into force!
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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