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Halpin v Sandpiper Books Ltd - Selection for redundancy and a pool of one [2012] UKEAT 0171_11_0602

Redundancy and pool for selection: Tribunal was correct to decide that a pool could consist only of one where the individual concerned was the only person doing the job.

Mr Halpin was recruited by Sandpiper Books, a book distributor, to explore the prospect of selling books in the Chinese market. His duties included liaising with local importers and to raise Sandpiper’s profile in China. He was the only Sandpiper employee based in China. Sandpiper reviewed the situation and decided that using established Chinese agents would give it a better chance in the Chinese market as it was much easier for locally known and trusted book agents to deal directly. 

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