Today, I attended my Child Benefit (2nd Claim/Appeal) First Tier Tribunal (FTT). My Ex-partner hasn’t yet been added as a “Party to Proceedings”. Today’s Judge (Beale) will add my ex-partner as a “Party to Proceedings”.
Judge Miss J. R. Beale is aware of my other Child Benefit Tribunal (1st Claim/Appeal), which is currently being dealt with by the Upper Tribunal Office in London. She Directs that I must inform ChB 2nd Tribunal of the impending Decision of the UTO when they make Decision about ChB 1st Tribunal.
If the UTO “Set Aside” the ChB 1st FTT Decision, and case gets bounced back to FTT to make fresh Decision/Hearing, then perhaps the ChB 1st & ChB 2nd Appeal Hearings could be heard together.
Judge Beale also raised the issue of “Proportionality”, in relation to the Directions I’ve requested, in particular relating to one Direction which could be essential to my case, the obtaining of my daughter’s mobile phone records/tracking data. Judge Beale explained that she didn’t believe the request I’d made for a Direction was proportionate to the possible outcome of my Appeal. When I receive the Direction Notice in the post, I’ll probably challenge that Decision, now that I’ve chewed the concept over in my mind since then.