Birch and Humber v The University of Liverpool: CA 1985

Termination of employment by mutual consent in such a way as not to involve a dismissal is not a statutory redundancy. Ackner LJ said: ‘I put to her the simple example of an employer who envisages some time in the future, eg because of new technology, the need to slim down his workforce and makes an offer to those who are prepared to resign rather than wait to volunteer for redundancy and supports that offer with a financial inducement which is far in excess of what is likely to be obtained under the redundancy legislation. It seems to me clear that in such a situation, assuming no coercion of any kind, that if that offer is accepted there can be no question of there having been a dismissal.’
Ackner LJ
(1985) IRLR 87, [1985] ICR 470, [1985] EWCA Civ 8
England and Wales
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CitedSandhu v Jan De Rijk Transport Ltd CA 10-May-2007
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Updated: 10 January 2021; Ref: scu.185197