Andrew v Eden College & Ors - Preparation Time Order cannot cover time spent at hearing [2011] EAT

A tribunal can award a party some of its wasted costs by way of a "Preparation Time Order". However such an Order can only cover work done for the preparation and conduct of the proceedings up to but not including time spent at any hearing. 

Ms Andrew lost her employment tribunal claim against Eden College. The tribunal took the view that she had been misconceived in the circumstances of her case which had resulted in a 6 day hearing. It made a Preparation Time Order against her under Employment Tribunal Rules Rule 42, in respect of (i) the attendance and preparation time of Ms Jacobsen (the Second Respondent) and (ii) the attendance for Eden College of its non-party witnesses at the hearing.

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