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Employment Act 1988

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21Provisions supplemental to section 20

(1)Without prejudice to the power of the Commissioner to enter into any such agreement as he thinks fit as to the terms on which assistance under section 20 above is provided, where the Commissioner grants an application under that section to any person who for the purposes of the application—

(a)has made any statement which he knew to be false in a material particular; or

(b)has recklessly made any statement which was false in a material particular,

the Commissioner shall be entitled to recover from that person an amount equal to any sums paid by him to that person, or any other person, by way of assistance provided in pursuance of the grant of that application.

(2)Where the Commissioner provides assistance under section 20 above in relation to any proceedings, it shall be his duty to do so on such terms, or to make such other arrangements, as will secure that any person against whom those proceedings have been or are commenced is informed that assistance has been or is being provided by the Commissioner in relation to the proceedings.

(3)In every case where assistance provided by the Commissioner under section 20 above extends to assistance with respect to the conduct of any proceedings to which that section applies, that assistance shall include an agreement under which the Commissioner is required (subject only to such exceptions as may have been contained in the notification under subsection (2) of that section of the Commissioner’s decision on the application) to indemnify the applicant for so much of any liability of the applicant to pay any amount in respect of costs or expenses to any other person as arises by virtue of any judgment or order of the court in the proceedings in relation to which the assistance is provided.

(4)In so far as expenses are incurred by the Commissioner in providing the applicant with assistance under section 20 above the recovery of those expenses (as taxed or assessed in such manner as may be prescribed by rules of court) shall, in England and Wales, constitute a first charge for the benefit of the Commissioner—

(a)on any costs which, by virtue of a judgment or order of the court, are payable to the applicant by any other person in respect of the matter in connection with which the assistance is provided; and

(b)on any sum payable to the applicant under any compromise or settlement arrived at in connection with that matter to avoid or bring an end to any proceedings.

(5)In relation to Scotland such expenses as are referred to in subsection (4) above (as taxed or assessed as provided for in that subsection) shall be paid to the Commissioner, in priority to any other debts—

(a)out of any expenses which, by virtue of a judgment or order of the court, are payable to the applicant by any other person in respect of the matter in connection with which the assistance is provided; and

(b)out of any sum payable to the applicant under any such compromise or settlement as is referred to in paragraph (b) of that subsection.

(6)In this section “the applicant”, in relation to any assistance under section 20 above, means the individual on whose application under that section that assistance is provided.

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