The EAT has held that when assessing the fairness of a redundancy selection exercise, scores awarded should only be investigated in exceptional circumstances such as bias or obvious mistake.

The EAT and the courts have considered on a number of occasions the principles that relate to the investigation of marking and scores in a redundancy exercise and have made clear that close scrutiny is inappropriate.

Redundancy scoring can be a treacherous exercise and this decision comes as a welcome break to employers.

Dabson v David Cover & Sons