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We frequently advise clients that they are both unlikely to recover costs in employment tribunals and that it is unlikely that costs will be awarded against them. However the case of Makanjuola v London Borough of Waltham Forest is a salutary reminder of how an employment tribunal can and will make costs orders where a claimant’s conduct has been unreasonable.

Dr Makanjuola had taken his employer to the employment tribunal alleging 69 separate allegations. The tribunal dismissed all the claims.

The Council took the unusual step of applying for costs which it said were over £117,000, and which the claimant was ordered to pay subject to a detailed assessment.

Ely Chambers has reported that this is a record level of costs awarded against a claimant in an employment tribunal claim. Unsurprisingly he is appealing.

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This is intended for general information only and should not be considered as giving advice in relation to any individual case nor be taken as applying to any particular case. No liability is accepted for any such use of the information.


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