If you have been successful at an employment tribunal but have not received the payment from the respondent, a Fast Track scheme to assist you with enforcement is now available.
Following government research in 2009 which showed that a shocking 39% of those with an award had not been paid at all, and only 53% had been paid in full, a new Fast Track scheme was launched by the government in April 2010.
Since this date, as soon as a respondent has defaulted in payment of the award, you can complete an Enforcement Form and send this to Registry Trust Ltd (RTL) together with the documents mentioned on the form. There is also a court fee of £60 (please provide a cheque made payable to HMCTS) required which is added to the amount the respondent already owes.
You can download the form and a brief guidance note on the procedure from Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service and send it back to our High Court Division at the following address:
Marston, Embassy House, 60 Church Street, Birmingham B3 2DJ
RTL allocates a High Court Enforcement Officer to whom the documents are sent. You will then be contacted by the officer assigned to your case who will arrange to register the award with the local county court and transfer it up for enforcement in the High Court by means of a Writ of Fieri Facias (Writ of Fi Fa). This empowers an officer to recover the monies owed.
The Fast Track system has also been simplified and can be carried out as a single court process. Once this initial process has been completed it will then follow the conventional procedure for executing Writs of Fi Fa. However, unlike the enforcement of a judgment, if we are unsuccessful in recovering the award you will not be required to pay a fee.
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