Fall in number of tribunal awards

Fewer tribunal awards were registered in England and Wales during 2017 than in any previous year, according to figures released today by Registry Trust.

Registry Trust is the Registrar of Judgments, Orders and Fines in England and Wales (on behalf of the Ministry of Justice). In addition, it collects, verifies and publishes judgment information from jurisdictions throughout the British Isles and Ireland.

One hundred and eighty three tribunal awards were issued in 2017, 138 fewer than in 2016. By contrast, 1,937 tribunal awards were registered in 2011.

The average value of a tribunal award fell 17 percent to £4,571.

The average value of a tribunal award value against a business also fell 17 percent to £5,889; the average consumer tribunal award rose one percent to £4,323.

Registry Trust runs the “FastTrack” service for the Ministry of Justice. FastTrack offers winners of ACAS settlements and employment tribunal awards the opportunity to have their debt enforced by an authorised High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO). If a defendant refuses to pay out on an issued award, FastTrack is the mechanism in place to instruct a HCEO to enforce an award. There are many reasons why companies refuse or fail to pay awards: well under half are paid in full.

Registry Trust chairman, Malcolm Hurlston CBE said: “People who win at tribunal should take fast steps to secure their money and not hesitate to apply to us for timely help from High Court Enforcement Officers.”

In 72 of 176 cases during the first half of 2017, where HCEOs were allocated via FastTrack, HCEOs were able to gather payment where the defendant had otherwise not paid.