Rhian Radia, head of the employment team at London law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen, reacting to yesterday’s decision that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, says:
“This is a huge decision for employees and a costly one for the Government. Not only will the Government have to pay back tens of millions of pounds in fees, there could well be legal challenges from employees who were deterred from bringing claims with strong merits previously. I know of many such would-be claimants and I would welcome their being given the possibility of resurrecting their claims.
“I will be glad to see a return to the days of busy tribunals with employees being able to access justice pursuing their claims for equal pay and pregnancy/discrimination perhaps starting with claims by some female staff at the BBC. At the end of the day, the attempts at justification of tribunal fees have failed in favour of justice being served.”
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Hodge Jones and Allen
- Hodge Jones and Allen is one of the UK’s most progressive law firms, renowned for doing things differently and fighting injustice. Its managing partner is Patrick Allen, recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by Solicitors Journal.
- For 40 years’ the firm has been at the centre of many of the UK’s landmark legal cases that have changed the lives and rights of many people.
- The firm’s team of specialists have been operating across: Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Industrial Disease, Civil Liberties, Criminal Defence, Court of Protection, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family Law, Military Claims, Serious Fraud, Social Housing, Wills & Probate and Property Disputes.
- In 2016, the firm launched Hearing their voices – a campaign to raise awareness and build conversations around the issues and the injustices we might all face.