50yrs EAT-ing

6 April 2016

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Believe it not but, last year was the 50th Anniversary of Employment Tribunals!

Sir Ernest Ryder, The Tribunals Senior President has issued an annual report with some interesting statistics.  The full report can be viewed at - www.judiciary.gov.uk/senior_president_of_tribunals_annual_report_2015

The report shows that the number of claimants being professionally represented has continued the downward trend over the last six years to a 40% low.  The amount of EAT appeals last year continues the trend since the introduction of fees in July 2013, just 45%.

Is this good or bad?  Well, the statistics can be interpreted that either all types of dismissals are valid with relationships between employers and employees being perfect or, more likely that individuals may not be able to afford to instigate the process.  Even those who may expect a positive outcome still have initial outlay which, few can afford. 

 

Year

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Represented by

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Union

10,069

5,998

5,955

3,282

3,496

Lawyers

152,825

129,137

136,858

74,862

46,233

Other

55,202

51,916

48,728

27,659

11,579

 

Total Claims

   218,096

   187,051

191,541

105,803

61,308

Of note.…on 26th February the Supreme Court announced it has granted permission to Unison to appeal the Court of Appeal's decision rejecting Unison's judicial review of the employment tribunal fee regime (can that double negative be worked out?).