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Patch Law

Station Road Workshops
Station Road
Kingswood
Bristol
BS15 4PJ

Patch Law is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Redundancy advice
for employees

Have you been placed ‘at risk’ of redundancy?

Or perhaps you have already been given notice of termination of your employment due to redundancy or a restructure?

This can be a shocking and upsetting time and we understand that you need help and support from an expert who is both empathetic and objective. Getting swift, pragmatic advice at an early stage can be invaluable.


Thanks so much for all your help, it was good to get some kind of closure on everything with Gillian today. Really helpful.
Head of Asset Performance
Bristol

Our experienced solicitors will guide you through the maze of questions, including:

  • Is there a genuine redundancy situation?

… or is there another underlying reason why my employer wants to get rid of me?

Redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal, but if it is not the real reason why your employer wants to lose you then it is very likely to be unfair.

  • Have I been selected fairly?

This can sometimes involve the need for selection pools with fair and objective criteria scored even-handedly.  

  • Has my employer consulted me properly?

A genuine consultation has to take into account the concerns, challenges and input of the employee, including how the redundancy may be avoided. If termination is a decision rather than just a proposal in advance, a consultation cannot be genuine.

  • Has my employer looked for ways to avoid terminating my employment?

This should include making you aware of alternative employment within the company or group. You are not obliged to accept or apply for an unsuitable alternative role.

  • Are the payments correct?

As well as statutory redundancy pay (calculated on a set formula, which takes into account your pay, age and length of service) you may be entitled to additional redundancy pay under your contract of employment.

Is the notice pay correct?  If you are being paid ‘in lieu’ of notice, should this just be based on basic pay, or are you entitled to other payments, e.g. benefits, allowances, commission, bonus? Your contract of employment and the employer’s usual practice are of relevance here.

How much holiday of your annual allowance have you used? You may be entitled to payment for any unused holiday.

There are other factors which may come into play in your case, such as:

  • the need to collectively consult (a union or employee representatives) when 20 or more workers are facing dismissal at the same time.
  • job losses due to a merger or acquisition bring special rules (TUPE) into play.

We help many employee clients to deal effectively with a redundancy situation, to get the best outcome for them, including:

  • advice on handling the Consultation process
  • how to Appeal – including help with drafting appeal letters and statements, and how to handle the appeal meeting;
  • initiating or responding to ‘Without Prejudice’ settlement proposals and negotiations;
  • Settlement Agreements – which are usually a condition of enhanced payments;
  • Challenging the redundancy dismissal, if it is unfair or discriminatory, including issuing proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.  Strict time limits apply to such claims.

I will be sure in the future to recommend you to any friends or family that may need your help and advice as this journey has been made so much smoother with you.
Community Support Worker
Kingswood, Bristol

For immediate employment law advice please either call us on 0117 290 0905 or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will soon be in touch with you.

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

Why choose us?

  • Expert and Practical Advice
    You Can Trust
  • Prompt and Friendly Service
  • Consistently Positive
    Client Feedback

Some of our Google reviews

5 star review  I instructed Gillian Patch of Patch Law who is a Grade A Solicitor during the Pandemic/Lockdown. I always check the SRA website to check how long someone is qualified for before I instruct them to ensure they are regulated. She was made aware of my personal restrictions in leaving my house. Several documents were sent to her and due to her extensive experience she was able to identify the relevant documents. She was also able to respond remotely in a tight timescale and there were no delays in her carrying out my instructions as a Client despite probably being very busy dealing with other Clients. She acted in the best interest of the Client by considering both the financial issues of leaving and the practical issues of leaving but also recognised the difficulties for a Client not being able to see a Solicitor in-person and the trust needed in the Solicitor-Client relationship. Instructions were provided remotely email and telephone and Geography was not a problem in terms of acting in her professional capacity. It was easier to discuss issues over telephone given that when I do go out I am conscious of wearing a face mask and that does create a barrier to communication. During the correspondence she was able to provide an objective opinion on the issues. There is often a saying an individual cannot be their own Doctor, the same is true an individual cannot be their own Lawyer. Your not objective on your own life. Having extensive experience myself with Solicitors I tried to keep the Legal costs to a minimum by responding quickly but also ensuring everything that needed to be covered was covered.

thumb Jessica Winter
7/14/2020

5 star review  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019

5 star review  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019

Redundancy advice
for employees

Have you been placed ‘at risk’ of redundancy?

Or perhaps you have already been given notice of termination of your employment due to redundancy or a restructure?

This can be a shocking and upsetting time and we understand that you need help and support from an expert who is both empathetic and objective. Getting swift, pragmatic advice at an early stage can be invaluable.


Thanks so much for all your help, it was good to get some kind of closure on everything with Gillian today. Really helpful.
Head of Asset Performance
Bristol

Our experienced solicitors will guide you through the maze of questions, including:

  • Is there a genuine redundancy situation?

… or is there another underlying reason why my employer wants to get rid of me?

Redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal, but if it is not the real reason why your employer wants to lose you then it is very likely to be unfair.

  • Have I been selected fairly?

This can sometimes involve the need for selection pools with fair and objective criteria scored even-handedly.  

  • Has my employer consulted me properly?

A genuine consultation has to take into account the concerns, challenges and input of the employee, including how the redundancy may be avoided. If termination is a decision rather than just a proposal in advance, a consultation cannot be genuine.

  • Has my employer looked for ways to avoid terminating my employment?

This should include making you aware of alternative employment within the company or group. You are not obliged to accept or apply for an unsuitable alternative role.

  • Are the payments correct?

As well as statutory redundancy pay (calculated on a set formula, which takes into account your pay, age and length of service) you may be entitled to additional redundancy pay under your contract of employment.

Is the notice pay correct?  If you are being paid ‘in lieu’ of notice, should this just be based on basic pay, or are you entitled to other payments, e.g. benefits, allowances, commission, bonus? Your contract of employment and the employer’s usual practice are of relevance here.

How much holiday of your annual allowance have you used? You may be entitled to payment for any unused holiday.

There are other factors which may come into play in your case, such as:

  • the need to collectively consult (a union or employee representatives) when 20 or more workers are facing dismissal at the same time.
  • job losses due to a merger or acquisition bring special rules (TUPE) into play.

We help many employee clients to deal effectively with a redundancy situation, to get the best outcome for them, including:

  • advice on handling the Consultation process
  • how to Appeal – including help with drafting appeal letters and statements, and how to handle the appeal meeting;
  • initiating or responding to ‘Without Prejudice’ settlement proposals and negotiations;
  • Settlement Agreements – which are usually a condition of enhanced payments;
  • Challenging the redundancy dismissal, if it is unfair or discriminatory, including issuing proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.  Strict time limits apply to such claims.

I will be sure in the future to recommend you to any friends or family that may need your help and advice as this journey has been made so much smoother with you.
Community Support Worker
Kingswood, Bristol

For immediate employment law advice please either call us on 0117 290 0905 or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will soon be in touch with you.

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

Why choose us?

  • Expert and Practical Advice
    You Can Trust
  • Prompt and Friendly Service
  • Consistently Positive
    Client Feedback