Dempsey & Rafferty v Department Stores Realisations Limited (in Administration) formerly Debenhams Retail Ltd (in Administration) [2023]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
    NIIT 1725/21
  • Legal Body
    Northern Ireland Industrial Tribunal (NIIT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Redundancies; Protective Award


The respondent operated as a chain of Department Stores throughout Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.   Administrators were appointed in April 2020 and with effect from 14th August 2020 staff were made redundant, including the claimants.  The claimants are making a claim for a protective award as a result of the failure to collectively consult their representatives before dismissal.  The respondent argued that there had been a redundancy yet they were unable to collectively consult on the redundancy due to the insolvency of the respondent.  Additionally, it argued that it had taken such steps which were reasonably practicable to

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This article is correct at 27/07/2023

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