Redundancy and Dismissal

If you are faced with redundancy or dismissal, what are your rights and what can you do if you disagree with your employer's actions? Whether you believe you are the victim of an unfair dismissal, or that you have been incorrectly selected for redundancy, we aim to let you know what your basic rights are so that you can decide whether you want to take action.

Unfair Dismissal

An unfair dismissal occurs when you are dismissed from your job and your employer did not have a valid reason to dismiss you or acted unreasonably. Matters that might make the dismissal fair are poor conduct or lack of capability to perform your job.

Wrongful Dismissal

A wrongful dismissal is a dismissal based on your Contract of Employment. If your employer breaches any of the terms of your contract this can amount to wrongful dismissal. This can include dismissal without any or the correct notice, although this can be justified if your employer can show that you have committed a serious breach of contract.


Redundancies can be fair and sometimes are necessary to ensure that a business can continue to trade profitably. However, if the procedure for selecting you for redundancy is not followed correctly it can amount to a claim for a redundancy payment, or a claim for wrongful or unfair dismissal.

Know Your Rights

Every case has to be assessed on its own merits. If you feel that you have been wrongly or unfairly dismissed, or that you have been unfairly selected for redundancy, contact us to find out what your options are. You can then make an informed decision as to whether to make a claim against your employer.

Can We Help You?

Please call us on 01634 811 118, complete our online enquiry form, or email our Employment Law specialist Chris Eastland.

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