Tribunal statistics for
Following publication of the overall tribunal jurisdiction figures
earlier this year, a detailed analysis for 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010
reveals that claims submitted increased by 56% and the unfair dismissal median
award was £4,903.
The Tribunals Service
and the Ministry of Justice have published a detailed analysis of the
statistics for employment tribunals for the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March
2010. The statistics confirm that the number of claims submitted increased by
56% compared to 2008/09 and that the greatest increases were in claims in
relation to working time (297%) and unauthorised deductions (122%).
In terms of
representation: (i) lawyers acted as representatives in 161,900 claims; (ii)
trade unions represented in 12,500 claims; (iii) claimants/respondents chose to
represent themselves in 44,900 claims; and (iv) ‘other’ representatives, e.g.
consultants, friends, acted in 16,700 cases.
The report also includes a detailed analysis of the amount of
compensation awarded in various types of claim, including unfair dismissal,
together with information on costs awarded by tribunals.
This provides summary information and comment on the subject areas covered. Where employment tribunal and appellate court cases are reported, the information does not set out all of the facts, the legal arguments presented and the judgments made in every aspect of the case. Employment law is subject to constant change either by statute or by interpretation by the courts. While every care has been taken in compiling this information, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Specialist legal advice must be taken on any legal issues that may arise before embarking upon any formal course of action.