How to apply for an employment tribunal fee refund

How to apply for an employment tribunal fee refund

In July 2017, the Supreme Court declared Employment Tribunal fees unlawful (for more information on this decision read our previous article, ‘Employment Tribunal Fees Outlawed’.)

Since that decision, the Government has committed to refunding those who have paid the unlawful Employment Tribunal fees and have recently published details of the anticipated refund scheme.

Those successful in their refund application will receive interest of 0.5% on top of their original Employment Tribunal fee.

How to make an application for a refund of employment tribunal fees

The refund scheme will be completed in two phases. In order to ensure that the refund process works efficiently and effectively, an initial 1,000 people will be contacted and given the chance to complete an application form to obtain a refund. After the satisfactory completion of the initial stage, the full scheme will be commenced. The Government has set a target date of early November for the full scheme to be rolled out.

Pre-registration for an employment tribunal fees refund

For those who have paid Employment Tribunal fees, but have not been invited to take part in the initial stage of the refund scheme, the government has set up a pre-registration scheme for them to register their interest in applying for a refund once the full scheme commences.

Those who wish to do so can register either by email at:; or alternatively by post to the following addresses:

For proceedings in England and Wales:

Employment Tribunal Central Office (England and Wales)/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees, PO Box 10218, Leicester, LE1 8EG

For proceedings in Scotland:

Employment Tribunals Central Office Scotland/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees  PO Box 27105  Glasgow G2 9JRX


For further information or for specific advice on issues relating to employment law, please contact our employment lawyers Richard Keen or Andrew Hayward.

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