Covid-19 is taking its toll on the Tribunal system too.  Pre-pandemic claim numbers were increasing (due to the abolishment of tribunal fees), and inevitably will continue to rise rapidly with the mass redundancy exercises which we are expecting.  It's been reported that cases might take two years to get to a hearing!  Against this backdrop, and with budgets being tightened, will employers simply ignore claims and play the 'long game', rather than trying to reach a settlement at the beginning?  We shall see.