Following an application under the Freedom of Information Act, the Information Commissioner's Office has ordered DBERR to release the names and addresses of all respondents in employment tribunal cases lodged since October 2004.

Prior to October 2004, the public could access both claimants' and respondents' details via the Register of Employment Tribunal Applications, which was subsequently abolished. The Information Commissioner rejected DBERR's arguments that disclosure was against the public interest because it would reduce the chance of settling disputes privately and informally, potentially cause unwarranted damage to the reputation of respondents and expose them to direct marketing by organisations seeking to represent them.