Whilst ultimately the ex-directors at City Link were acquitted, these proceedings serve as a useful reminder of the importance of notifying the Secretary of State within the prescribed timeframes in advance of proposed collective redundancies. The obligation applies where an employer is proposing to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a 90 day period and the timeframe for notification depends on the number of employees affected. Importantly, failure to comply with the notification obligations can ultimately result in criminal liability and - since 12 March 2015 - an unlimited criminal fine.