Last summer, the Government announced how it was going to go about refunding the £17million in Tribunal fees taken from Claimants.

How is it going? Not great according to the Lord Chancellor’s update to the House of Commons Justice Committee.

Points of interest include:

  • In relation to refunds, large numbers of potentially eligible people have apparently failed to apply since the refund scheme was rolled out in full (which occurred on 15 November 2017; The Ministry of Justice is therefore writing to affected people in order to raise awareness. The first batch of 2,000 letters was issued on 9 April 2018.


  • The government incurred costs of approximately £305,000 defending the Unison case (R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51). It also has to pay Unison’s costs in those proceedings (amount to be confirmed).

You don’t need a solicitor to ask for your refund. Full details of how to do it yourself (for free) here.