The announcement in the Conservative manifesto of a raft of new rights for employees has been received with suspicion by employment lawyers, who say the rise in tribunal fees will leave the proposed laws unenforced in practice.

Cloisters silk Daphne Romney QC said it was ‘very easy to promise rights when people cannot afford to enforce them. On that basis you can promise the moon.’

‘How will rights be enforced?’ succinctly asked Schona Jolly QC, also of Cloisters, as she challenged the expansion of employment rights with no commensurate means of enforcement and called on the ...

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