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Packman (t/a Packman Lucas Associates) v Fauchon [2012] EAT

A reduction in headcount is not a necessary factor in determining whether or not there has been a dismissal by reason of redundancy

The Claimant was employed as a bookkeeper for the Respondent. A downturn in business and the introduction of accountancy software resulted in a reduction of work. She would not work fewer hours and was therefore dismissed. She claimed in the ET that she had been dismissed for redundancy. The ET agreed, choosing not to follow Aylward and Ors v Glamorgan Holiday Home Ltd UKEAT/0167/02 authority for the principle that without a reduction in the number of employees there could not be a redundancy. The Respondent appealed and lost.

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