Constructive dismissal claims solicitors

Bishopsgate Law employment law solicitors can give advice about unfair dismissal or constructive dismissal claims and represent claimants at an employment tribunal.

Constructive dismissal law

If an employee resigns (without notice) in circumstances where they are entitled to treat the contract as brought to an end by a fundamental breach of contract on the part of their employer there will be a dismissal (and it will almost certainly be unfair).

An example of this kind of constructive dismissal is where the trust and confidence between employer and employee is destroyed. Abusive or discriminatory behaviour by an employer towards an employee, a serious unilateral variation of contractual terms by the employer or conduct intended to provoke the employee’s resignation may well cause a constructive dismissal.

As a rule for there to be a successful claim of constructive dismissal the employee must inform the employer that the real reason for their resignation is the fact that the employee regards the employer to have repudiated the contract by what the employer has done or threatened to do. Usually the reason should be stated at the time of the resignation but this is not essential.

The employee must establish that the employer was in breach of an express or implied term of the contract, that the breach was fundamental to the contract and that they resigned because of it.

For more detailed information about these issues please see our free guide to your rights at work.

Employment tribunal claims

An employee who believes they have been unfairly dismissed may be able to bring a claim before an employment tribunal.

Strict time limits apply to employment tribunal claims, so get legal advice without delay.

Free case assessment by e-mail

If you believe you may have a case to make an employment tribunal claim, we can make an assessment of your case based on the facts and information you send us by e-mail.

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How to contact us

You can arrange an appointment to see an employment lawyer at our offices in London EC2, or Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

Please call our reception team at Potters Bar to make an appointment at the London or Hertfordshire offices on 01707 246100 (9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday).

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Free first appointment

We offer a free initial half-hour appointment for most employment law matters. Usually, we can discuss the brief facts of your matter and can give you an idea of whether you have a case where we can help you. We will also talk to you about funding any work that we do for you. You get an opportunity to meet us and decide whether you want us to represent you.

The employment law team at Bishopsgate Law

The employment law solicitors at Bishopsgate Law are:

  • Martin Phillips
  • Ian Hurst
  • Karina Laird

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