New fee paying system for tribunals

A two-tier fee paying structure for tribunals has been introduced, payable by claimants. This structure, which came into force in July, divides claims into Type A and Type B claims.

Type A claims include claims for unpaid wages or statutory redundancy payments, whereas Type B claims include claims for discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing.

The applicable fees must be lodged by the Claimant at the time they submit their claim (unless they apply for a remission of all or part of the fee e.g. on the basis that they are on a low income or benefits). Type B claims require a lodging fee of £160 and a hearing fee of £230, whereas Type A claims require a lodging fee of £250 and a hearing fee of £950.

Employers will not escape the fee system entirely: if they wish to lodge a counterclaim they will be required to pay a fee of £160. To pursue an appeal with the Employment Appeal Tribunals (EAT), a fee of £400 must be paid, plus a further EAT hearing fee of £1,200.

Some claimants may well be put off by the expense of bringing a claim against their employer and this may deter claims that are without merit.

At Palmers Solicitors, our employment law specialists can provide support and representation in all matters pertaining to employment tribunals. For more information please contact Lara Murray.