Access to Justice in the Employment Tribunal System and the impact of fees

Over a period of two and a half years a research team based in the universities of Bristol and Strathclyde have been working in seven Citizens Advice bureaux (CABx) in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland collecting data about how people with few resources have attempted to pursue their employment dispute with the support of CABx. Here we report on the experiences of those who took their cases to an Employment Tribunal hearing.

Many of the participants had to carry out much of the legal work to get their case to a hearing and then had to represent themselves at the hearing. The findings demonstrate the considerable barriers that the research participants had to overcome, barriers that led to some dropping out of the system. The research also demonstrates the even greater barriers experienced by people with few resources following the introduction of tribunal fees.

Date: 8th December 2015
Speakers: Prof. Morag McDermont and Prof. Nicole Busby, University of Bristol Law School
Time: 6pm
CPD: 1 Hour
Venue: Bingham Room, Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, London: Bingham Room, Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, London WC1R 5ET
Cost: Free of charge for ELBA members

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