Bishopsgate Law employment law solicitors can give advice about unfair dismissal claims and represent claimants at an employment tribunal.
The law protects UK employees from unfair dismissal.
Employers cannot dismiss any employee who is protected from unfair dismissal unless they have a potentially fair reason for the dismissal and they make a decision which is fair in all the circumstances.
There are some reasons for dismissal that are automatically unfair in all cases however long the employee has worked for their employer. But in most cases an employee must work for an employer for two years before they become protected from unfair dismissal.
For more detailed information about these issues please see our free guide to your rights at work.
An employee who believes they have been unfairly dismissed may be able to bring a claim before an employment tribunal. If successful, their employer can be ordered to give them their job back or to pay them compensation.
Compensation consists of a basic award, which is related to statutory redundancy payments, plus a compensatory award. The maximum amount for compensatory awards is index linked but in unfair dismissal cases the employee will usually not be able to recover more than one year’s pay.
We can undertake employment tribunal claims on a contingency fee (No win no fee) basis where we assess the chances of success are good enough.
Strict time limits apply to employment tribunal claims, so get legal advice without delay.
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.
You can arrange an appointment to see an employment lawyer at our offices in London EC2, or Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
There is more information about your rights at work in our free guide.
Martin Phillips is an experienced employment law solicitor who qualified in 1981. He has represented many claimants and respondents in unfair dismissal and discrimination cases at employment tribunals. He has a particular interest in disability discrimination cases. Workplace accident claims are another area where he has successfully acted for his clients on many occasions.
Ian Hurst has specialised in employment law and litigation since qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. He has a great deal of employment law experience, having acted for both large companies and trade unions as well as individuals. He has undertaken advocacy at employment tribunals including multi-day discrimination claims.