Is compensation awarded for injury to feelings on the increase? Is there any practical advice that can be given in taking steps to reduce injury to feelings costs?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 February 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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A recent Court of Appeal decision (Pereira v de Souza v Vinci Construction Ltd [2017]) held that a 10% uplift should apply to awards for injury to feelings. Although this was an English decision, it is persuasive authority for Northern Ireland. 

The new award bands are now:

  • Lower band: £1,000 - £8,000
  • Middle band: £8,000 - £25,000
  • Top band: £25,000 - £42,000

Injury to feelings compensation is only awarded off the back of a discrimination claim, but the threshold for obtaining such compensation is low. The matters compensated for by an injury to feelings award encompass: subjective feelings of upset, frustration, worry, anxiety, mental distress, fear, grief, anguish, humiliation,

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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