The Supreme Court press release today confirms what most of us have felt for the last 4 years since the introduction of Tribunal fees, namely that they were unfair.
However welcome today’s news is, it will have come far too late for many members of the employment Bar, whose practices have been decimated by the introduction of fees. Some have had to scramble around for work in areas unfamiliar to them, sometimes for derisory fees just in order to try and earn a living. Others have had to leave private practice and seek employment with charities and other organisations. The damage in some sets with larger employment practices was extended to members of its staff, who were made redundant as a result of the chambers of having to scale back as work significantly dropped off.
Of course, some barristers saw this coming and aligned their practices with other commercial areas of law and have actually seen an improvement in their fortunes, but not all are that visionary and hindsight is a wonderful thing.
It will be interesting to see how Chambers and individual barristers respond to the change!
You can read the full report here.