Wilmot and ors v Selvarajan - Unreasonable delay can mean non-completion of statutory dismissal procedures  EAT
Mr Selvarajan, a GP, dismissed Ms Wilmot and his other receptionists on 5th March 2005 for making fraudulant overtime claims. They appealed and he considered (and rejected) their appeals on 8th July. The tribunal found the dismissals to be fair. The receptionists appealed.
The statutory dismissal procedure requires all steps to be taken "without unreasonable delay" (Employment Act 2002 Sched 2). The receptionists' argued that here there was unreasonable delay and therefore the procedures were not completed - so the dismissals were automatically unfair.