What are the Vento Guidelines?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 October 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Vento Guidelines, Discrimination, Tribunals Procedures and Processes

In discrimination claims, the primary remedy that is compensatory in nature is compensation for injury to feelings. It is a claim for compensation for the upset, distress or anxiety that a claimant has suffered as a result of discrimination. The amount of compensation that is awarded for injury to feelings is dictated by the Vento Guidelines which arose in the Court of Appeal case Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No.2) [2003]. The Court of Appeal in this case established that the Tribunals should operate within three broad bands of compensation for injury to feelings awards, as distinct from compensation awards for psychiatric or similar personal injury.

The three bands are

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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