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Appeal to the tribunal

If you don’t agree with our review decision about your penalty notice (including a decision not to carry out a review) you can appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. This is an independent tribunal separate from The Pensions Regulator.

Find more information about how to appeal to the tribunal, including the notice of appeal form.


You can only appeal to the tribunal if you disagree with a review decision we have made about one of these penalty notices:

  • a fixed penalty notice
  • an escalating penalty notice
  • a prohibited recruitment penalty notice.

You must make the appeal to the tribunal within 28 days of the date of our review decision letter.

The appeal must be in writing.

The tribunal has said that they will not accept an appeal if you applied for a review outside the 28 day time limit, and we decided not to carry one out.

What sort of decisions has the tribunal made so far?

Before you appeal to the tribunal you should look at these decisions to understand what the tribunal is likely to consider:

Our Compliance and Enforcement Quarterly Bulletin has more information on current tribunal decisions.