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Tribunal fees on the cards

Much talked about and finally on their way! As part of a raft of reforms to the Tribunal system the introduction of issue and hearing fees are with us this Summer.

The hearing fees are payable by the claimant and are dependant on the type of claim. Most standard claims (such as unfair dismissal) will attract an issue fee of £250 and a hearing fee of £950. Any intermediate applications will also attract fees ranging from £60 to £360. A system of fee remission will apply to those in receipt of certain benefits. With fees due to be implemented on Monday 29th July 2013 will this be a hindrance to claimants or simply a further level of bureaucracy to wade through?

Also on the cards is a system of fines for losing employers if there are “aggravating features.” These fees will range from £1,000 to £5,000 if paid within 21 days.

Last but not least the current cap on unfair dismissal compensatory awards of £74,200 is to be limited to one year’s gross pay or the existing limit whichever is the lower. Commentators believe that this will lead to an increase in the type of claims that are not subject to the cap such as discrimination based claims.