Former Dorothy Perkins Wallis Burton Staff Could Claim Up to 8 Weeks’ Pay


As of Friday 12 March at 5pm, we cannot take on any more ex Arcadia Group and Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton employees to help with their protective award claims.

This is because of the strict time limits in place for Protective Award claims.

You may want to pursue this without our legal assistance. If so, please contact ACAS on 0300 123 1100 or visit for advice.

Please kindly note that Simpson Millar LLP cannot be held responsible in the event that you seek to bring a claim after the limitation period has expired and you should seek independent legal advice if in doubt about when your limitation period is.

If you worked at Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton and you’ve just found out that you’ve been made redundant, you could claim up to 8 weeks’ pay by making a Protective Award Claim.

A Protective Award is a claim for compensation which can be awarded by an Employment Tribunal if an employer hasn’t followed the correct redundancy consultation processes.

And, you don’t have to have a minimum length of service to make a Protective Award Claim. You can use our Eligibility Checker to see if you can make a claim.

Our Employment Law Solicitors are currently helping Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge staff and have successfully represented former employees of Mothercare,  Thomas Cook and Flybe with their Protective Award Claims.

If you’re eligible, we can take your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

The sale of Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton to Boohoo has meant that all the shops have been closed immediately, with the loss of 2,450 jobs.

How to Make a Protective Award Claim

To make a Protective Award claim you must meet certain criteria. They are that:

  • More than 20 staff have been made redundant in one work location
  • Your employer didn’t follow the correct redundancy consultation procedures

Losing your job is probably come as a shock, but you can make a Protective Award Claim as long as your employer made you redundant without giving you the consultation you must have by law.

You can use our Eligibility Checker to see if you can make a claim.

Time Limit to Make a Claim

There are some time limits in place to make a Protective Award claim. If you worked for Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton, it’s really important that you and your colleagues speak to an Employment Law Solicitor as soon as possible.

You can only make a Protective Award claim if you get a judgment from the Employment Tribunal and you only have 3 months less 1 day from the date you were made redundant to issue your claim with the Employment Tribunal.

To do this, you have to complete the Early Conciliation process with ACAS. This is a compulsory step, but the time limit will pause whilst you get this formality out of the way.

A Judge will decide on whether to make you an award at an Employment Tribunal hearing and then you can make your Protective Award Claim.

How Much Compensation and Who Pays It?

HM Government Insolvency Service will pay out for a successful Protective Award Claim when an employer is insolvent. Compensation awards paid by the Insolvency Service are up to 8 weeks’ pay, with a cap of £538 per week.

This means your maximum award will be £4,304.

Why Choose Simpson Millar?

We can help you to make a Protective Award Claim.

We’ll start by offering you a free consultation. In addition, we’ll use a No Win, No Fee agreement to fund your claim.

Our Employment Law Solicitors have helped hundreds of other people in the same situation as you are now.

If you want to make a claim for a Protective Award because you were made redundant without proper consultation, contact our Employment Law Solicitors now.

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