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10 June 2013
Employment Solicitor Kate Howitt represented a senior in-house lawyer for a large beauty brand following his dismissal without warning, or notice, just 1 week prior to him completing one year of service and therefore obtaining unfair dismissal rights (although the law has now changed in this regard to 2 years) after he raised protected disclosures.
Our client blew the whistle a number of times at work when he raised health and safety concerns. Our client suffered from work-related stress and was off work for a period of time. Despite this our client agreed to attend an informal meeting to resolve the matter during which he was instead greeted with a letter confirming the termination of his employment.
After seeking expert legal advice from Slater and Gordon Lawyers, our client served a claim in the Employment Tribunal and Kate represented him throughout the process.
Because our client was fortunate to secure a comparable position within a short period of time, we had to change our strategy in order to achieve settlement quickly. After a tough negotiation our client was pleased to accept a settlement package reflecting twice his actual losses.
Kate Howitt is an Employment Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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