Applying to become a party to an appeal

If you want to participate in an appeal you must apply to become a party to the case.  You can appoint a representative to act for you.

You’ll need to send us an application form, tell us how you would like to participate and provide the information requested. You can download a form on this page.

We will look at your application and ask for more information if needed before deciding whether or not you are an interested person.  If we are satisfied that you are, you will become a party to the case.

Any written representations or other documents you submit will form part of the appeal and will be made available, or shared with, others.

Participating in an appeal: timeframes

Strict timeframes apply to FAS appeals. Different timeframes apply before and after you have been become a party to an appeal.

If you don’t comply with the following time limits you may not be able to take part in the appeal.

Making written representations

  • you must make them within 28 days of us publishing notification of the appeal
  • or within 14 days of when you became a party to the appeal if later.

Requesting an oral hearing

  • you must request one within 28 days of us publishing notification the appeal
  • or within 14 days of when you became a party to the appeal if later.

Attending a hearing and making oral representations

  • you must tell us no later 21 days before the hearing
  • or within 14 days if you are a party to the appeal.

Making written representations at a hearing

  • you must send us a summary of your evidence (and any written representations) no later 21 days before the hearing
  • or within 14 days if you are a party to the appeal.

Calling witnesses to give evidence at an oral hearing

  • you must let us know their names and give us a summary of their evidence no later 21 days before the hearing
  • or within 14 days  if you are a party to the appeal.

Objecting to a proposal to combine appeals

  • you must do so within 28 days of us publishing the proposal
  • or within 14 days if you are a party to the appeal.

Application form: interested persons

 

After a decision has been made

An Ombudsman’s determination can be enforced in the courts (unless there is a successful appeal on a point of law) and is binding on you, the FAS Scheme Manager and (if applicable) the trustees, managers and any interested persons.