Ena Shaw Staff Made Redundant Prepare to Take Legal Action

19th February 2020

A number of former Ena Shaw employees who lost their jobs when the company went into administration are to take legal action by making a Protective Award Claim.

Established in 1932, the specialist manufacturer and retailer of soft furnishings based in St Helens has recently appointed Lindsey Cooper and Chris Ratten of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP as joint administrators to Ena Shaw Ltd.

The news left around 160 employees redundant across the company’s factory in Lea Green and store on Duke Street after directors made the decision due to difficult trading conditions.

Further to the announcement, Employment Solicitors at Simpson Millar have received calls from former Ena Shaw employees and has begun investigations to enable appropriate legal action to be brought in order to secure a Protective Award on their behalf for the company’s failure to properly consult staff regarding the redundancies.

Stephen Pinder, a Partner and Employment Solicitor said: “This is, understandably, an incredibly difficult period for those affected and many will be trying to understand the news and plan their next steps.

“To date, we have been contacted by multiple former employees who are looking to bring in claims for a Protective Award which would be paid out to those affected by redundancies where they have not properly been consulted.”

Pinder explains that a Protective Award is a payment awarded by an Employment Tribunal in cases where an employer fails to follow the correct procedure when making 20 or more redundancies and, where an Employment Tribunal finds in favour of the employees, with the funds being paid out by the Government Insolvency Service.

Simpson Millar’s Employment Lawyers are currently representing former employees affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook, Mothercare and J Rotherham Masonry. Last year, the firm secured payments on behalf of 103 ex-Mutiyork staff amounting to £300,000.

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