Axminster Staff Made Redundant Could Claim up to £4,200

Stephen Pinder
Partner, Employment Law Solicitor

Axminster Carpets ceased trading yesterday leaving 80 members of staff redundant from its factory in Axminster.

If you were one of those 80 employees, or even one of the ones who is left fulfilling orders, you could make a Protective Award Claim for up to 90 days’ pay. Check your eligibility here.

A Protective Award claim can be made when you’ve been made redundant without being given the proper consultation required by law and 20 or more people were made redundant in one location.

Because Axminster stopped trading overnight and made 80 staff redundant at once, it’s most likely that you can make a Protective Award claim.

You can check your eligibility online now or speak to one of our specialist Employment Law Solicitors for free initial advice. These claims are dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

How Much Can I Claim?

This claim is paid out by the Insolvency Service. This is a government run service designed to help employees of businesses who have ceased trading or gone into administration.

Although an Employment Tribunal can award you up to 90 days’ pay, the Insolvency Service will guarantee a payment of a maximum of eight weeks’ pay. There is also a cap of £525 per week, so the maximum you will be paid is £4,200 but it will be based on your weekly wage.

Why Should I Use an Employment Solicitor?

Whilst you can make a Protective Award Claim yourself, using an Employment Solicitor can help in several ways. For example, if there are any objections from the administrators, then an Employment Lawyer is better placed to argue this with them than you will be.

Also, you will be spending lots of your time looking for a new job. As you are doing that, you can be certain that your Employment Lawyer or Solicitor is moving your Protective Award Claim along as quickly as possible.

Use our Protective Award Calculator now or call us and we will help you.

Making a Protective Award Claim

You can make a Protective Award Claim as an individual or a group. It makes sense to get together as former Axminster employees and make a claim together. That way, when you get the Judgment from the Employment Tribunal that allows you to make a Protective Award claim, as your name or job title will be on the Judgment.

You should also know that you don’t need to have worked for Axminster for any specific length of time to be eligible to make a claim.

The Protective Award Claims Process

You need to get permission to make a Protective Award Claim from the administrators in writing. Duff & Phelps are the appointed administrators for Axminster. If you use an Employment Solicitor to make a your claim, they will handle this process for you.

Once you have permission, the next step in the process is to prepare the paperwork to go to an Employment Tribunal.

As part of this process, you will need to complete the Early Conciliation process with ACAS. This process was put in place to try to settle Employment Law claims before they went to Tribunal, but as a Protective Award Claim cannot be settled outside of an Employment Tribunal, this is just a formality.

Once Early Conciliation is completed, you can ask an Employment Tribunal to review your case. Providing they agree that Axminster did not consult you properly on the redundancies and there were more than 20 employees made redundant, you should be successful and get the Judgment in your favour from the Employment Tribunal.

Once you have that Judgment, you can go on to make your Protective Award Claim.

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