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Tribunal fees reimbursement scheme announced

In August, the Supreme Court in the case of R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor held that fees in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal were unlawful. As such, the government is required to refund the monies paid by parties in respect of tribunal fees (expected to amount to approximately £33 million).

The Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Services (“HMCTS”) has announced that phase 1 of the reimbursement scheme will now be launched. During this phase, around 1000 eligible parties will receive a letter inviting them to apply for reimbursement of the tribunal fees that they incurred. Successful applicants to the scheme will also receive interest on the fee that they paid at the rate of 0.5% from the date of payment up to the refund date.

Full roll-out of the reimbursement scheme is expected in four weeks and further details about the scheme will be made available.

There is yet to be an announcement regarding claims that were rejected or dismissed for non-payment of fees but we will keep you updated with any developments.

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