Updated to include information on Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP v Bailey, in which the EAT considered the extent to which evidence is inadmissible under s.111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
We discuss a number of recent cases that concern NHS employers but that could also apply more widely.
A report by the Justice Committee has recommended that tribunal fees should be substantially reduced, and has berated the Government for not responding to an earlier review.
Tribunals will take a dim view of a breach of legal professional privilege by parties to an employment claim, as a recent costs award of almost £70,000 shows.
A committee of MPs has concluded that the introduction of employment tribunal fees has had a "significant adverse impact" on access to justice and that the level of fees should be substantially reduced.
In this unusual case, an employment tribunal struck out four claimants' cases and ordered them to pay £17,371 each in costs after the respondent NHS trust's chief executive and lawyers were sent a covert recording of the trust receiving legal advice.
David Malamatenios is a partner, and Krishna Santra, Sandra Martins and Colin Makin are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
The Government has announced its review of employment tribunal fees, which it says will result in recommendations for any changes to fee structure and levels.
In DLA Piper's latest case report, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that, when an employment tribunal is considering whether or not to award costs, the insurance cover of the party seeking the costs order is irrelevant.
David Malamatenios is partner, Linda Quinn, Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are senior associates, and Dominic Speedie is an associate at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to tribunal costs.