In December, the Ministry of Justice published the latest quarterly tribunal statistics for the period from July to September 2017. Compared with the same period from 2016, the number of claims lodged by a single applicant has increased by 64%, the highest figure for four years. This can be explained by the abolition of tribunal fees following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Unison case.

The Justice Select Committee heard evidence on the subject of employment tribunal fees at its meeting on 19 December 2017. In his evidence, Dominic Raab MP (then Minister of State, Ministry of Justice) strongly hinted that the government would be looking at the re-introduction of fees after analysing the court’s detailed findings in the Unison case. However, no timescale for this was given and it is unlikely to happen in the near future.