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Judicial review of process for Fee for Intervention disputes scheduled for May 2017

Judicial review of the legal process that allows organisations and people to challenge the way the HSE arbitrates Fee for Intervention (FFI ) disputes…

Judicial review of the legal process that allows organisations and people to challenge the way the HSE arbitrates Fee for Intervention (FFI) disputes has been scheduled for 10 and 11 May 2017. However the court and the parties are hoping to have the hearing brought forward.

Facilities outsourcing company OCS Group launched the case after unsuccessfully querying a FFI bill it received in relation to its management of hand arm vibration. OCS is questioning the legitimacy of the current HSE process for reviewing a notice of contravention (invoice) because it is not independent; the review is carried out by HSE staff. 

In the words of claimant’s counsel, Keith Morton QC, the HSE, in its adjudication of FFI disputes, is the 'prosecutor, judge and jury'.