Where there are two dismissal letters, the first giving notice to expire on a given date and the second summarily dismissing within the notice period and paying the remainder of notice in lieu, it is the later letter, that is the second letter, that governs the effective date of termination (the EDT).

The case of Harvey reported today in the EAT website shows that even law firms can get into a muddle over the EDT, where, as there, the first dismissal letter references both a notice period and a payment in lieu of notice.