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Tribunal claims – have you seen a reduction?

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Recently the Ministry of Justice has published information concerning the number of employment Tribunal claims received since the introduction of fees for issuing claims.

The full report on tribunal claims can be found by clicking here.
The report is not a full analysis (which the tribunal publish officially) but, rather, an ad-hoc statistical release on tribunal claims received between July and September 2013, following the introduction of fees on 29 July 2013. However, there are some interesting findings which include:

  • The normal average number of tribunal claims received by the Tribunal each month is around 17,000;
  • In for June and July the figures averaged out at 21,000 (which suggests there was a spike in people lodging claims before the fee regime was introduced); and
  • In August 2013 there were 7,000 tribunal claims received and 14,000 in September 2013, which suggests that the number of tribunal claims being lodged has reduced following the introduction of fees. What is even more interesting is that the number of single claims has dropped significantly (these figures can often be distorted by large equal pay claims where lots of claimants lodge their claim together – known as a multiple claim).

These statistics certainly bear out in our experience of the number of claims that we are dealing with on behalf of clients. However, employers cannot run out to celebrate just yet as we have heard from a number of sources that there is a backlog of cases waiting to be dealt with at the central processing centre in Leicester and so it is possible that these cases may well be waiting to make their way over to unwitting respondents – we are only likely to get a true picture of the impact of the fee regime once we receive the next set of figures next year.

For more information about the introduction of the fee regime please click here.

Need help with a claim?
If you are unfortunate enough to receive a claim our experienced team of litigators are only happy to help and can provide tribunal assistance based on a fixed price menu so that you can get a good impression, early on, about how much a claim may cost you to defend. If you feel you only need ad-hoc assistance then our team is also happy help you with this.

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