Guidance

Appeal against a civil penalty notice issued by the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists

How to appeal against a penalty imposed for an offence under section 12 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 by the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.

What you can appeal against

You may appeal to the tribunal against:

  • the decision to issue an information notice
  • the decision to impose the penalty
  • if the penalty notice has been varied, the decision to vary it
  • the amount of the penalty

The tribunal

Your case will be dealt with by the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before reaching a decision.

How to appeal

You have 28 days to appeal after the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists sends or gives you the notice.

If you miss the time limit, you can ask for more time to appeal. Explain why you’re late, and the tribunal will decide if it can still accept your case.

Use the notice of appeal form and guidance notes.

Say clearly why you want to appeal against the decision.

Include the civil penalty notice and any other supporting documents.

Send the form to grc@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk or:
General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
PO Box 9300
Leicester
LE1 8DJ
Telephone: 0300 123 4504
Fax: 0870 739 4114

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you explaining the next steps.

Find out more about General Regulatory Chamber hearings and decisions.

Legislation and rules

You can find the right to appeal in the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014; information notices (section 11) and civil penalities (Section 17).

You can read the rules on how your case will be handled in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.

Published 20 November 2017
Last updated 21 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. additional appeal ground and change to legislation
  2. First published.