We have all observed the Tribunal service to be busy recently, with decisions about applications often taking some time to be made and cases being cancelled at short notice because of insufficient judges being available to hear the number of listed cases remaining in the list. This case beats any case I have been involved in for the length of delay (18 months) from the hearing in the presence of the parties being concluded to the judgment being sent to the parties. This was made up of about a 12 month delay before the Tribunal met to make their reserved decision and a further 6 month delay before the Judgment was sent out. However, the delay in itself wasn’t sufficient for the Tribunal’s decision to be set aside and the case to be re-mitted to a new Tribunal. The EAT did however overturn a finding of automatically unfair dismissal for breach of the statutory dismissal procedure.