Redundancy: unique post to be abolished

Topic Index
Preliminary issues
Informal meeting
First meeting
Final meeting
Appeal meeting


  • Tom Walker, Head of the Employment Department and Hester Jewitt, a solicitor at Pennington Manches, set out below the key issues and key aspects of procedure when dealing with the redundancy of a unique post.
  • When someone is in a unique role at risk of redundancy it is usually possible to avoid a lengthy selection process by dealing with them alone. This is often referred to as a ‘pool of one’. While being more streamlined than a full-blown selection process, it can understandably leave an employee feeling as if they have been targeted.
  • As such it is all the more important to follow a fair process and thorough consultation to ensure that any challenge to the fairness of the redundancy can be defended. Failing this, an employee will have grounds for an allegation that the process was unfairly aimed at them personally, perhaps even for discriminatory reasons.

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