One ITL, the Chambers of Marion Smullen, are delighted to announce that with effect from 1st January 2017 we will be merging with the Chambers of William Mousley QC at 2 Kings Bench Walk.
In order to qualify, the employee needs to demonstrate that there has been at least one year's continuous service if the employment began prior to 6 April 2012.
Alternatively, if employment commenced on or after the 6 April 2012, the employee needs to have been employed for at least two years in order to qualify. However, there is no length of service requirement in relation to 'automatically unfair grounds' in order to have standing to bring a claim.
Dismissals are classed as 'automatically unfair', regardless of the reasonableness, if an employee is exercising specific legal rights, for example:
The dismissal could be potentially unfair nonetheless, although not automatically unfair, if the employer does not:
It is important that all claims for unfair dismissal are lodged within three months of the date of dismissal. Employees should therefore act without delay.
Our team of practitioners at 1ITL are instructed in both ET and EAT cases pertaining to unfair dismissal on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Counsel can be retained at an early stage to asses merits, including advising on damages, and to settle any necessary paperwork.
Our members can also be instructed to provide advice on procedures and processes adopted by employers (including reviewing and / or drafting complaint procedures) to potentially insulate employers against future claims. To that end, members of Chambers area also able to present lectures and training to companies in respect of handling disciplinary, grievances and dismissals.
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