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Where a claim has been stayed because the respondent company is in administration, is the respondent nevertheless required to submit an ET3 (within the usual timeframe), or can the respondent wait for the stay to be lifted before submitting the ET3?

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Produced in partnership with Peter Edwards of Devereux Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 29/07/2020

The following Employment Q&A produced in partnership with Peter Edwards of Devereux Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Where a claim has been stayed because the respondent company is in administration, is the respondent nevertheless required to submit an ET3 (within the usual timeframe), or can the respondent wait for the stay to be lifted before submitting the ET3?

Where a claim has been stayed because the respondent company is in administration, is the respondent nevertheless required to submit an ET3 (within the usual timeframe), or can the respondent wait for the stay to be lifted before submitting the ET3?

Paragraph 43(6) of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 (IA 1986) provides, so far as relevant, as follows: ‘No legal process may be…continued against [a company in administration] except with the consent of the administrator or with the permission of the court’.

The ‘court’ in this instance is, exclusively, the Companies Court and not the Employment Tribunal (ET). It has been confirmed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that the ET has no power or discretion to continue with a claim against a company in administration (see Ince Gordon Dadds LLP v Tunstall). That can only

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