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Changing times in employment law

The fall in employment tribunal claims has led to a drop in incoming work and means that lawyers need to adapt their approach, says Fiona Hamor

23 June 2014

Following the introduction of tribunal fees last July, the number of employment tribunal claims has fallen dramatically across the North West in line with the 79 per cent fall in employment tribunal claims nationally.

Claimants now have to pay £160 to launch a basic 'money' claim in the employment tribunal and £230 to progress the claim to a hearing; the issue fee for a discrimination or unfair dismissal claim is £250 with a further £950 to pay if the case goes to hearing.

Little wonder then that the number of claims has fallen.

Issuing claims

Anecdotally, it seems that union-backed employees are now choosing to issue claims for unpaid wages, holiday pay or other payments due to them in the County Court wher...

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