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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 59: Recovery of investigation costs

332.This section provides that the Adjudicator may require a pub-owning business to pay some or all of the costs of an investigation if the Adjudicator finds that the pub-owning business has failed to comply with the Pubs Code or failed to follow a recommendation.

333.Subsection (2) states that where a person has made a complaint which was found to be vexatious or wholly without merit, the Adjudicator may require that person to pay some or all of the costs of a resulting investigation.

334.The Adjudicator must provide notice in writing to the person who is required to make a payment, informing them of the requirement to pay costs, the reasons for imposing the requirement, the amount to be paid, the time period within which it must be paid and how it must be paid (subsection (3)). The person required to pay may appeal against the decision or the amount to the High Court.

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