Who pays the legal costs in an employment tribunal dispute?

As a general rule, no. In the Employment Tribunal, each party bears their own costs.

Costs orders will only be made (at the Tribunal's discretion) in very limited circumstances, where a party or their representative has acted vexatiously, abusively, disruptively or otherwise unreasonably in either the bringing of the proceedings or the way in which they have been conducted.

A costs order can also be made where a claim (or response) has no reasonable prospect of success, where a party has breached an Order or Practice Direction, or where it has become necessary for a hearing to be postponed or adjourned due to a party's actions.

For more details please call the Employment Lawyers at Forbes Solicitors on freephone 0800 975 2463 or contact us by email today.

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