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Employment Tribunal claim process

Since 6th May 2014 it is mandatory requirement to contact Acas before a claim is presented to an Employment Tribunal, unless one of the limited exceptions apply.

Further information can be access at

Issuing the claim

Since 29th July 2013 it is now a requirement to pay an issue fee and a hearing fee.

  • The amount of the fee is dependent upon what sort of claim is being pursued. A “Type A” claim – claims for unpaid wages, payment in lieu of notice, and redundancy payments attract an issue fee of £160.
  • A “Type B” claim i.e. claims in respect of unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing complaints attract an issue fee of £250.
  • Hearing fees in Type A claims amount to £230.
  • Hearing fees in Type B claims attract a fee of £950.


If you are on a low income you might qualify for a fee remission in respect of all or part of an issue fee or hearing fee.

For further information regarding the Employment Tribunal process can also be found on the HM Courts & Tribunals website

To find out whether you qualify, more information can be accessed at the HM Courts and Tribunals Service website at in the section Courts and Tribunal fees – do I have to pay them?

ET Claim Form

A Claim form can be completed online or a pdf version can be printed off by visiting and clicking on ET online claim form under the heading “Related Pages” or “Forms and leaflets” under the same heading for a pdf version.

If you consider that you have any grounds to present a claim against your employer, please complete a claim form and arrange a fixed fee appointment with a member of our team to assess the potential merits. Details of fees.

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