If you win your case

If you win your case, the tribunal can order the losing party to do certain things depending on the type of case. Examples include:

  • paying you compensation
  • paying you any witness expenses you’ve paid
  • improving your working conditions
  • giving you your job back, if appropriate

If you get compensation, the amount can depend on:

  • the type of case - there are limits on certain cases
  • how much money you’ve lost because of the respondent’s actions
  • your age, length of service and salary

If the respondent does not pay

If you do not get your payment, contact them to find out why.

If they still do not pay you can ask to have them fined. You can also ask a court to force them to pay.

You cannot do either of these things if the respondent has appealed, or is about to. They have 42 days to appeal.

Getting the respondent fined

Use the penalty enforcement form. Send it to the address on the form or ETPenalties@bis.gsi.gov.uk.

The respondent will get a warning notice giving them 28 days to pay you. If they do not they’ll have to pay a fine.

You can still get a court to force them to pay.

Forcing them to pay if you’re in England or Wales

You can use the Fast Track scheme to send a High Court Enforcement Officer - similar to a bailiff - to demand payment from the respondent.

It costs £66, which you get back from the respondent when they pay.

Fill in the Fast Track Enforcement form (or the Acas settlement form if your case was settled before a hearing) and send it to the address on the form.

You can also ask the local county court to send an enforcement officer to get the money from the respondent. This costs £44.

Fill in an application to enforce an award form and send it with a copy of the tribunal’s decision to your local county court.

Forcing them to pay if you’re in Scotland

Write to the office that heard your case and ask for an ‘extract of the judgment’. A sheriff officer can use this to force the respondent to pay.

If the respondent is ‘insolvent’ (for example, they’re in administration, liquidation or receivership) you can make a claim for money they owe you, including redundancy payments.