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Law Society seeks views on impact of tribunal fees

05 March 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society's Access to Justice Committee is seeking employment law specialists' views on the impact of the employment tribunal fees introduced last year.

The committee is concerned that the charges are causing access to justice challenges, and is looking for solicitors and others to report on their experiences of how they are affecting the employment law landscape.

Stuart Naismith, Convener of the Society's Access to Justice Committee, said: "We are concerned about what the early data is showing following the introduction of employment tribunal fees in July last year.

"Since then there appears to have been a significant reduction in which the number of single claimant cases. The number of legally aided employment cases in Scotland has also shown a drop to 1,857 in 2012/13 from 2,068 the previous year and, in England and Wales, employment was one of a number of areas removed from the scope through cuts in April last year.

"It is just over six months since the fees were introduced and, while we cannot draw any conclusions from these figures as yet, it is essential that we monitor this closely to assess what effect they are having. We are keen to hear the experiences of employment lawyers about what impact, if any, these factors have made.

"We are asking employment law solicitors and others to respond with their views on the new fees and would also be interested in any other issues around access to justice, whether affecting claimants or employers, which they may have encountered."

Contact Marina Sinclair Chin at the Law Society or email accesstojustice@lawscot.org.uk

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 or Suzy Powell on 0131 476 8115.

EMAIL valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk / suzypowell@lawscot.org.uk

05 March 2014

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