The Smith Commission, which has been examining what further powers could be transferred to the Scottish Parliament, has recommended that power over the management and operation of employment tribunals should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Substantive employment law is, however, to remain at Westminster.

Alistair Morris, president of the Law Society of Scotland has responded that the Society is particularly pleased with this outcome, noting that it will undoubtedly benefit those seeking recourse through the administrative justice system.

But what could it mean in practice? Some are setting out their stall already, with Neil Findlay, one of the candidates for Scottish Labour leader responding that: “If I am leading a Scottish Labour Government, I’ll use existing and new powers to…abolish employment tribunal fees…”

Watch this space.


Kathleen Morrison