Hello Donna my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Could you please explain your situation a little more?
In 2012 my tax credits were suspended while the HMRC investyigated my claim. They ascertained I had made a false claim and set proceedings in place to recoup the payments made to myself in 2010-2011. I disputed their findings and eventually the case went to a tribunal hearing. After the first attempt at the hearing I was advised to get legal representation. There were 3 hearings in total, the final one resulting in my winning the tribunal. I was awarded the withheld benefits. The legal cost of the hearings was significant and I would like to ascertain whether I am able to recoup these costs#
No, it was a court hearing
sorry that should read *wasn't
Thank you. I am sorry in that case its bad news.
The Tribunal has no power whatsoever to order costs.
Therefore I am sorry to say that costs can not be recovered.
I know this seems unfair and sadly you can't bring action now unless you can show it was malicious.
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Thank you for assistance.
I suspected that being a tribunal this would be the case but just need clarification. Thanks again