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Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal

Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal Solicitors in London and Essex

Unfair and wrongful dismissal are two of the main types of claims that employees might bring against an employer in an Employment Tribunal. We advise employers in a range of sectors on unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, as well as employees who are thinking about making a claim against their employer.

Unfair dismissal is where an employer terminates somebody’s employment unfairly, either because the reason for dismissal or the procedure used was unfair (or both). In some cases, a dismissal is “automatically unfair” e.g. if the reason for dismissal was due to a protected characteristic such as pregnancy, age or disability. 

Wrongful dismissal is where an employer terminates somebody’s employment in breach of the employee’s contract of employment. This is effectively a breach of contract claim, however there are other implications for employers to be aware of. For example, if an employee is wrongfully dismissed, an employer may be unable to rely on any restrictive covenants in the contract after the dismissal. 

For employers, we understand that it can be hard to know what to do in a difficult situation with an employee. We recommend that you seek advice at an early stage and, if you are not entirely comfortable with revealing to your employee that you have instructed solicitors, we can advise you on an entirely confidential basis in the background until you are ready, or it becomes necessary for us to correspond on your behalf. 

For employees, if you have been treated unfairly at work and have resigned or are thinking about resigning from your role as a result of unfair treatment, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your position as you might have a claim against your employer for constructive dismissal.

You should be aware that there is a three month time limit for bringing a claim for unfair dismissal, running from the date of dismissal. We encourage you to act promptly to reduce the chances of missing the time limit for bringing your claim. If you do not comply with the relevant time limits, your right to bring a claim may be lost. 

Our unique selling point is that we understand what clients want from their lawyers. We will manage your case proactively, with careful attention to detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture.

We offer a range of pricing options and will be happy to discuss these with you. As a client-centred law firm, we will be transparent with you about our pricing and actively manage these in line with our agreements.

How we can help with Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal matters

We will give you expert advice and representation from the start-to-finish of your matter, while making sure that you understand the various stages along the way. We can guide you through matters including:

  • Advising you on your legal position and how best to approach the situation with your employer or employee (as the case may be). 
  • In most cases, we will be able to assist you with the negotiation and implementation of an amicable settlement with the other party. However, if it becomes necessary to engage with Employment Tribunal proceedings, then we shall rigorously fight your corner.
  • Managing your case to comply with all relevant legal requirements and the strict procedure of the Employment Tribunal.  


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