Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that 9,801 claims were received during the quarter from October to December 2013,  the first full quarter since the introduction of tribunal fees in July 2013. This represents a 79%  drop in claims compared to the same quarter in 2012.

While the statistics suggest good news for employers, the dramatic fall is likely to re-ignite  calls for a judicial review of the fees regime. The failure of the recent judicial challenge by  Unison was largely due to a lack of evidence that fees were having an impact on access to justice  and the High Court made it clear that a future challenge might succeed if statistical evidence were  to emerge that indicated that the regime was preventing claimants from asserting their rights.