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Tribunal fees refund scheme finally launched

November 9, 2017
Employment Law

In July of this year, the Supreme Court decided that the Employment Tribunal fees regime was unlawful. As a result of this landmark decision, ET fees are no longer payable and anyone who has paid a fee over the last 4 or 5 years is entitled to a refund. Quite how the Government intends to process the necessary refunds has remained unclear until now. However, over the last few days, the Ministry of Justice and HM Courts and Tribunals Service have issued a press release in which they have confirmed that they are beginning to roll out the repayment process. They are starting by inviting up to 1,000 people to apply for a refund. They will then extend the scheme to others. In the meantime, those who believe they are entitled to a refund can ‘register their interest’ by send an email to ethelpwithfees@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk As well as receiving repayment of the fee itself, successful applicants will be entitled to interest at the rate of 0.5%. All in all, this is expected to cost the Government about £33 million! It’s fair to say that this whole debacle is not their finest hour.

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