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An “unfair dismissal” occurs when an employee is dismissed by their employer for reasons that are unreasonable or unlawful. Employees have the benefit of statutory protection from suffering unfair dismissal however not all terminations are unlawful or unwarranted. An unfair dismissal solicitor can give you advice about what qualifies as a reasonable dismissal or lawful termination of a contract of employment. Unreasonable behaviour by an employee includes: violence or incidences of rage directed toward employers or co-workers, assault, intoxication by drugs or alcohol, theft, frequent absences or tardiness, repeated unacceptable dress or attire and any unfriendly behaviour that has a harmful impact on the business which affects customer relations, clients or co-workers. It also includes an employee who is unable or unwilling to perform contractual commitments due to a lack of knowledge, skill, educational background or proficiency (particularly those that were misrepresented on their CV).


A legitimate redundancy is a lawful reason for terminating a contract of employment in cases where the business is no longer capable of supporting the current workforce or the business no longer has a need for a certain skill set. In this case a business needs to reduce the workforce for genuine reasons and as a result, provided proper procedures are followed, termination of employment may be both reasonable and lawful.

Not all claims of redundancy by an employer are genuine. An employer may try to use redundancy as an excuse to dismiss an employee when no lawful reason exists. Some may do this because the compensation for redundancy is less than the compensation for an unfair dismissal. Our unfair dismissal solicitors can give advise on possible legal action for unfair dismissal in the case of a sham redundancy or where there is some question or doubt about the prima facie veracity of the redundancy case.

Unlawful Termination

There are many instances of unlawful termination or unfair dismissal including:-

No Win No Fee Solicitors

Our solicitors have extensive experience in providing legal representation in disputes regarding unfair dismissal. They can determine if yours is a matter of unlawful dismissal, redundancy or a case of legal termination of employment. Our lawyers will attempt to reach a compromise with your employer however if a settlement cannot be reached they will make an urgent application to the Employment Tribunal to determine the issues.

Our unfair dismissal solicitors deal with employment compensation claims using the no win no fee scheme known as a conditional fee arrangement. A previously agreed percentage of any damages settlement is the basis for legal fees due under a no win no fee agreement. If the solicitor doesn’t win compensation for you then you aren’t obligated to pay anything.