On the 20th October 2017 the Government launched the first stage of a refund scheme for a selected group of 1000 people, who paid Employment Tribunal fees between 29 July 2013 and 26 July 2017. This follows the important July 2017 decision by the Supreme Court that fees charged by the Tribunal were “unlawful”.
The initial 1000 were notified individually of their right to apply for a refund. As well as being refunded their original fee, successful applicants to the scheme will also be paid interest of 0.5%, calculated from the date of the original payment up until the refund date.
The opening phase of the refund scheme will last for around 4 weeks. Further details of the scheme, including details of how it can be accessed, will be made available when the scheme is rolled out fully.