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Doyle v North West London Hospitals NHS Trust - Tribunal should have considered ability to pay of its own volition [2012] EAT

When making a costs order under the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure Rule 41(1)(c), there may be circumstances when the tribunal should of its own volition consider ability to pay under Rule 41(2).

An employment tribunal dismissed Mrs Doyle's claims after a six day hearing, and then ordered that she pay NW London Hospitals NHS Trust's costs pursuant to the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure 2004 Rule 41(1)(c). The costs were estimated to be about £60,000. In making the order the tribunal did not take into account Mrs Doyle's ability to pay, under Rule 41(2).

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