Bertrams Books Staff Made Redundant Could Claim Compensation

Graham Roberts
Senior Associate Solicitor, Employment and Head of Advocacy

If you’re one of the 459 people who lost your job when Bertrams Group went into administration on 19 June 2020, you could make a Protective Award Claim.

You don’t need a minimum length of service to make a Protective Award Claim and our Employment Solicitors can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Use our online eligibility checker now to see if you could make a claim.

Click here to check your eligibility for a Protective Award Claim

Employment law in England and Wales says that employers must inform their staff when they are planning to make redundancies and employers must follow the correct procedures. Bertram Books did not follow these rules so as long as the following criteria apply to you, you could make a Protective Award Claim:

  • 20 or more people lost their jobs at the same location
  • Your employer did not consult property on the redundancies

It doesn’t matter if you were a full or part time worker or how long you worked there, as long as the above criteria apply to you.

Bertram Books operates as Bertram Trading and has two other brands operating who have also gone into administration. They are Education Umbrellas and Dawson Books. If you worked for any of these three businesses and you meet the criteria above, we could help you make a claim.

Talk to one of our specialist Employment Solicitors to see if you can make a Protective Award Claim. We’ve helped many other people in exactly the same position as you are, including staff made redundant at Mothercare and Flybe, so call us to see if we can help you.

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

What are the Time Limits?

You need to act quickly as there is a time limit of 3 months less one day from the date when you were made redundant to make a claim for a Protective Award.  

The Protective Award Claims Process

It’s important to understand exactly how the claims process works, so here’s a step by step guide to the Protective Award Claims process:

  1. Find out if you can make a Proactive Award Claim by using our eligibility checker or call and speak to one of our Employment Solicitors
  2. Start your Protective Award Claim. We’ll ask you to sign some paperwork to confirm that you want us to act for you and we’ll speak to the company’s joint administrators, Turpin Baker Armstrong, to get permission to make a Protective Award.
  3. Complete ACAS Early Conciliation. This is in place to try to settle claims before they get to the Employment Tribunal, but as you can’t settle your claim, your form will be stamped and move through the process quickly. The 3 month time period is paused while this process happens.
  4. Make an Application to the Employment Tribunal. Your claim will be heard, and a Judgment will be made. Your job title or your name will be included on the Judgment and this will allow you to make a Protective Award Claim.

Who Pays for the Protective Award?

Because Bertram Books is in administration, HM Government’s Insolvency Service will pay your Protective Award claim so you don’t need to worry about getting money out of the already failed company.

How Much Will I Get?

If you claim through the Insolvency Service there is a maximum claim of £4,304 or up to eight weeks’ pay. The maximum weekly amount is capped at £538 and the payment you receive will be based on your usual weekly pay.

Why Choose Simpson Millar?

We’ve helped many other employees made redundant to successfully make a Protective Award claim. Our specialist Employment Solicitors will help you clearly understand the process and support you throughout the claims process.

It’s not easy losing your job and making sure that you can access as much money as possible to help you through is really important. We don’t take any money until your claim is completed so you don’t need to worry about legal fees right now.

If you want to make a successful Protective Award claim get in touch with us today.

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