Call for tribunal legal fees care

Employment lawyers Irwin Mitchell have called for care if fees are introduced for those pursuing tribunal claims against employers.

Businesses have asked for fees in order to cut the number of 'spurious' claims.

It has been suggested that fees of between 30 and 500 could be introduced per case. But Irwin Mitchell's Leeds-based partner Matthew Brain has called for caution. He said: "The difficulty is that most claimants in an employment tribunal are out of work and there is a natural concern that claimants may be unable to pay a fee if it is set too high. Conversely, if the fee is too low, it will not have the deterrent effect that employers are hoping for."

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