I work as a senior manager in a small accountancy practice.

We have recently been outsourcing some of our accounts preparation work and have been more than happy with the results.

From the point of view of cost, outsourcing the work is considerably cheaper and we would like to outsource a lot more than we already do. If we pursue this option, we would need to reduce our existing staff levels by making one position redundant.

I would be grateful for any comments and advice on this. Is it, for example, legitimate to do this or is it likely to result in a hearing before an employment tribunal on the grounds that this is not a genuine redundancy?

Many thanks in anticipation of any assistance and guidance.