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Mass Redundancies and Protective Awards

Mass Redundancies and Protective Awards

When a firm makes more than 20 or 100 people redundant such as through closing down a factory site, very special rules apply as to an employer’s obligations to its workforce.  Failure on the Employer’s part such as when closures occur out of the blue and almost overnight can lead to employees being able to make a claim even if the company has gone into administration or liquidation and the company no longer exists.  Most typically the claim is for what is known as a Protective Award.

Why use a lawyer?

The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 is a highly technical piece of legislation and it is essential that it is navigated professionally to avoid the many pitfalls for the unwary.  Even experienced lawyers unaccustomed to this niche area of law fall foul of its various requirements when dealing with Protective Awards.  The minefields to be navigated begin with how to get the claim started such as which employees have the ability bring a claim or whether other employees need to bring it on their behalf, the requirements of ACAS Early Conciliation, complying with strict Employment Tribunal directions and orders, and dealing with Administrators and opposing lawyers.  It is therefore crucial at such a difficult time to be able to rely upon professional advice to ensure you maximise your compensation and get the right result in the shortest possible time.

Why use Linder Myers?

As a nationwide firm we are recognised in legal publications as one of the top rated firms acting for employees in employment disputes.  Not only have our solicitors and barristers acted on various protective award disputes in the past, they have been involved in the cases which have helped shape the law.  We are used to dealing with mass multi-claimant class actions involving hundreds and sometimes thousands of employees but we also appreciate that your claim is individual to you.

You do not even need to be visit one of our offices as we are experienced in dealing with matters via telephone and email at the client’s convenience.  We are also one of a select group of firms entrusted by various insurance companies to pursue claims and so it maybe that you already have insurance through for example a Home Contents Policy which means we can pursue the claim for you for free and you would recover 100% of your compensation.

If you would like to know more about Protective Awards, please do not hesitate to Call Us on 0800 042 0700, or email us on

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