Fee remission for the courts and tribunals – Response to Ministry of Justice Consultation


Cloisters is a leading employment, discrimination and equality chambers, recognised as such by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. Cloisters barristers have been at the heart of virtually all major equality and discrimination developments, both through their work in the tribunals and courts, and in their contributions to legislation, guidance and policy.

Members of chambers act in cases that set the terms of equality law, and have recently helped to bring about the end of the default retirement age (Heyday/Age Concern); to extend discrimination law to cover carers of disabled people (Coleman v Attridge Law); to establish the scope of the protection to be given to volunteers under discrimination law (X v Mid Sussex CAB); to extend pension provision to part-time judges (O’Brien v Ministry of Justice) and to establish the limits on justification of direct age discrimination (Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes). Cloisters barristers regularly advise and act on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. During the passage of the Equality Act 2010, Cloisters was involved in drafting amendments and briefings, as well as advising several NGOs and statutory bodies on the implications of the Act for future policy and practice.

In this response to the Consultation on Fees Remissions, Cloisters has also drawn upon its members’ social security expertise.

The focus of the response is on Employment Tribunals only.

We should say at the outset that we have concerns that the introduction of these fees may be in breach of the European employment framework directive 2000/78 and the equivalent race and gender directives, in particular the requirement to ensure the effective protection of the rights guaranteed therein and effective redress.

Download the full article here: 2013-may-cloisters-response-to-questionnaire-fee-remission.pdf