Guidelines for general damages: “In recent years, any change to the recorded margin of awards has been as the result of inflation”

Lord Justice Waller made the above comment in 2008 in his foreword to the 9th edition of the judicial guidelines for awards of general damages for personal injuries. Most editions have largely followed this methodology and presented updated guidelines for awards, increased by applicable prices inflation since the previous edition. This is expected to continue with the 13th edition, which is due to be published later this month. Continue reading

Judicial review of MoJ-imposed tribunal fees

On Tuesday 16 June the Court of Appeal heard trade union UNISON’s appeal in a judicial review it had taken against the Ministry of Justice in order to challenge the imposition of fees in employment tribunal claims.

A few days earlier, on Thursday 11 June, the MoJ published a two-page paper entitled “Review of the introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees”. This, in essence, set out the terms of reference of the review of the fees introduced in July 2013 and states that “the review is expected to be completed later in the year”. 

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