Lambe v 186K Ltd: CA 29 Jul 2004

The claimant had been dismissed for redundancy, but the company had been found not to have consulted him properly, and he had therefore been unfairly dismissed. The tribunal had then found that even if consulted the result would not have been substantially different.
Held: The tribunal had been free to conclude that no different result would have been arrived at if a consultation had indeed taken place. However the tribunal had failed to give sufficient reasons for its conclusion that the claimant had not been misled as to his pension entitlements.
Lord Justice Laws The President Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss Lord Justice Wall
[2004] EWCA Civ 1045, [2005] ICR 307, [2007] ICR 825
England and Wales
CitedMeek v City of Birmingham District Council CA 18-Feb-1987
Employment Tribunals to Provide Sufficient Reasons
Tribunals, when giving their decisions, are required to do no more than to make clear their findings of fact and to answer any question of law raised.
Bingham LJ said: ‘It has on a number of occasions been made plain that the decision of an . .
CitedRegina v British Coal Corporation, Ex Parte Price and Others QBD 28-May-1993
British Coal had the power to close coal mines once the unions had been consulted. The court gave guidance on the extent of consultation necessary.
Held: Fair consultation will involve consultation while consultations are at a formative stage; . .
CitedPolkey v A E Dayton Services Limited HL 19-Nov-1987
Mr Polkey was employed as a driver. The company decided to replace four van drivers with two van salesmen and a representative. Mr Polkey and two other van drivers were made redundant. Without warning, he was called in and informed that he had been . .
CitedO’Dea v ISC Chemicals Ltd CA 4-Aug-1995
Where the performance of union duties stopped a worker from doing the job he was employed for properly, a redundancy selection was possible. Here there was no redundancy comparator for a shop steward spending half his time on union activities. The . .
CitedSteel Stockholders (Birmingham) Ltd v Kirkwood EAT 1993
The tribunal considered the use of the word ‘procedural’ in the Polkey, and doubted whether Lord Bridge could have meant to classify matters such as the choice of a pool for redundancy, or the adoption of criteria for selection as procedural as . .
CitedSillifant v Powell Duffryn Timber Ltd CA 1983
The court explained the principle on ‘British Labour Pump’ as follows: ‘even if, judged in the light of the circumstances known at the time of dismissal, the employer’s decision was not reasonable because of some failure to follow a fair procedure . .
CitedKing v Eaton Ltd (No 2) IHCS 1998
Employees were made redundant. The tribunal held the dismissals to be unfair because that there had been no consultation worthy of the name with any of the employees and because it was impossible to decide whether the selection criteria had been . .
Appeal fromLambe v 186K Ltd EAT 21-May-2003
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CitedSukui-Lennard v Croydon Primary Healthcare Trust CA 22-Jul-2003
The appellant sought to appeal a striking out of her complaint of race discrimination. She appealed from the Employment Appeal Tribunal which had rejected her appeal in its preliminary hearing procedure.
Held: The Court of Appeal had the power . .
CitedVincent v M J Gallagher Contractors Ltd CA 15-Apr-2003
At a preliminary hearing, the EAT allowed the appeal to go forward to a full hearing on two of the five grounds advanced. There was an appeal to the Court of Appeal against that ruling.
Held: The points at issue were closely related and within . .
CitedVento v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No 2) CA 20-Dec-2002
The claimant had been awarded damages for sex discrimination, including a sum of andpound;25,000 for injury to feelings. The respondent appealed.
Held: The Court of Appeal looked to see whether there had been an error of law in the employment . .
CitedGrady v HM Prison Service CA 11-Apr-2003
The applicant appealed striking out of her employment claims against the respondent. She had been made bankrupt after lodging her appeal to the EAT, and the EAT had held that she lacked standing to pursue her claim.
Held: Employment claims are . .
CitedBritish Labour Pump Co Ltd v Byrne EAT 1979
The respondent had been dismissed for misconduct on the morning of the day on which he was dismissed. There had been previous misbehaviour but the industrial tribunal held that the case had to be determined on the basis of what had happened on that . .

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CitedAlexander and Hatherley v Bridgen Enterprises Ltd EAT 12-Apr-2006
The company made selections for redundancy, but failed to give the appellants information about how the scoring system had resulted in the figures allocated. The calculations left their representative unable to challenge them on appeal. The . .
CitedSoftware 2000 Ltd v Andrews etc EAT 17-Jan-2007
EAT Four employees successfully established before the Employment Tribunal that they had been unfairly dismissed for redundancy. The Tribunal found that there had been procedural defects. In particular the . .

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Updated: 04 April 2021; Ref: scu.199806