I am preparing to appeal my redundancy because proper procedure has not been followed. I will need to present my case myself because I don't have union representation (I know. I am a fool. I am a member now but too late for this).
I am pretty confident I have a case and if it gets to tribunal, will have legal cover then. But I want some proper advice on the case my employer is presenting and whether it is fair (I strongly believe it isn't) and to what degree it is I reasonable. Also, a bit about what to expect from this.
I have no idea how long this would take a solicitor and therefore little idea what it will cost. Two separate friends have recommended people but I do want a little idea of roughly how much I could be paying.
Thanks! So if I have very clearly put together the documentation and present solicitor with dates, times, contents of conversations etc, and have a transcript of what I plan to say at the appeal, that should make time less.
Do you think that a solicitor specialising in the field I am asking for advice in would, as well as rates, be able to give a suggestion of how long he/she thinks it'll take? I understand they can't be precise.
It's complicated! Many HR policies not followed, no actual need for the redundancy, and (I know this isn't illegal!) a boss who has been rude and dismissive of my concerns. I'm confident enough now that the right thing hasn't happened to go to the appeal but am now seeing a solicitor to check what comes under not legal, what is poor practice and not following agreed policies and what is simply lack of professional courtesy and properly rude.
"what comes under not legal, what is poor practice and not following agreed policies and what is simply lack of professional courtesy and properly rude"
Ps - I can tell you this - you can PM me if you like x (Take care around the appeal timeframe...if you've ran out of time, contact them to tell them you were sick and so couldn't submit your appeal in time. Tell them that it's your intention to do this and that your grounds will follow) x
Someone I used to work with took the employer to court very recently. Took almost a year from start to finish. Friend won. Court transcript clearly shows that friend had documented everything very accurately during the run up to redundancy.
Thank you for replies. Much appreciated. I might take you up on that user-really kind. For now, I'm seeing a solicitor Monday and hoping it won't take more than the three hours we've budgeted for to get to the bottom of this. I've really carefully got documentation and records of interactions with boss and sent a detailed timeline to solicitor yesterday.
House insurance will cover me from the point a decision is made to go to tribunal-which will probably happen if appeal rejected and conciliation doesn't work. I have to have 51 percent chance of success but I am not sure I'd go to tribunal with less than that anyway. My employer has now been so thoroughly rude and obstructive that, with proper advice, I would not hesitate to take it further.