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Criminal parallel proceedings — when is it appropriate for parties to postpone?

By Naomi Owen

This article considers the pros and cons of applying for a postponement when criminal proceedings are pending.

There are numerous reasons that may lead one or both parties to seek a postponement of a final hearing in the Employment Tribunal. One such reason is where criminal proceedings are running in parallel. On the strict interpretation of the law, there is no reason why the cases cannot continue in tandem, as the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided in the case of Firouzan v Mtreoline Travel Ltd UKEAT/0233/12/CEA.

However, the practical implications may dictate otherwise — for example…

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