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Employment Tribunal

In recent weeks, there has been a major change to Employment Law in the UK that could have major repercussions in the legal world. Following a lengthy legal challenge by Unison, the Supreme Court declared that employment tribunal fees are unlawful and vowed to refund fees paid since their introduction in 2013.

Some have said that this decision represents a huge victory for defenders of employment rights such as the union Unison, which brought the case, but its significance extends far beyond the realm of employment law. The decision was arguably made because the introduction of fees not only led to a dramatic drop in the number of claims, but the success rate of claims has fallen, most probably because low-paid people with strong claims for modest awards could no longer afford to take their case to tribunal. The decision has also stood out because it was based not on EU Law but on two principles of English common law. This is particularly important as it makes the decision ‘brexit-proof’ and tailored to the UK.

So what next? Supporters of the decision hope that it will put an end to the huge problems facing the enforcement of employment rights. At Sacco Mann, we expect the decision to cause a surge in movement in the Employment market across all the locations that we cover. Watch this space…..

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