A judicial review launched by UNISON over the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees is currently being heard by the High Court (on 21 and 22 October 2014). GCN employment law specialist David Campion reviews the progress of the case so far and the likely impact below:

The Judicial Review being heard this week follows the decision of the Court of Appeal last month to stay the appeal of the earlier High Court decision over tribunal fees, in light of new evidence showing a huge drop in tribunal claims.

As UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: 

"Over the past year we have seen tens of thousands of workers denied access to justice simply because they can no longer afford to bring an employment tribunal claim. If the Government doesn't abolish these unfair fees it is effectively rolling out the welcome mat to unscrupulous employers, and we must do everything possible not to let that happen." 

According to UNISON’s press release, since the introduction of fees on 29 July 2013, there has been an 86% drop in sex discrimination claims; and an 80% drop in Equal Pay claims.

Judgment is likely to be reserved but once handed down, we will provide further commentary on the impact of this decision.  

More details appear in UNISON's press release: http://www.unison.org.uk/new-date-set-for-high-court-hearing-into-tribunal-fees .