Mothercare Employees Can Claim Protective Award Compensation

Stephen Pinder
Partner, Employment Law Solicitor

If you’re an employee of Mothercare and you’re still trying to process the news that all 79 of their UK stores and their Head Office will be closed because they’ve gone into administration, you can take action and make a Protective Award Claim.

A Protective Award can pay you a maximum of 8 weeks’ pay, but there is a cap of £525 per week. That means the maximum award you could receive is £4,200. Click on the link below to check your eligibility to make a claim.

Click here to check your eligibility for a Protective Award Claim

All businesses that make more than 20 people redundant have to complete a consultation process and inform their staff that the redundancies are taking place. They also have to give the required notice period before they make their staff redundant.

As a result of Mothercare going into administration suddenly, they didn’t follow the redundancy process correctly. Therefore any full time or part time staff at Mothercare who worked at a site with more than 20 people can make a Protective Award Claim.

Because of the way that Mothercare administrators are phasing the closures, it’s even more important than ever to get legal advice from a specialist Employment Lawyer as soon as possible. This is to protect your position.

An Employment Lawyer can give you legal advice about your personal circumstances and advise you on the impact of any phased closure of store on your Protective Award Claim. Ask us if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

For free initial legal advice get in touch with our Employment Lawyers.

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

How to Make a Protective Award Claim

In order to make a Protective Award Claim, you need to have a judgment from an Employment Tribunal.

This means you have to make an Employment Law claim against Mothercare. You can do this as an individual or you and your colleagues to make one claim all together. Once the Employment Tribunal has heard the evidence, they will give you a judgment. This will either include your name or your job title. Once that judgment is awarded, anyone with that job title can make a Protective Award Claim.

You do only have a limited time to make a Protective Award. This is 3 months from the date of your redundancy. It’s so important to get legal advice as soon as possible so you can protect your chance to make a Protective Award Claim.

You should also know that there is no minimum length of service requirements to make a Protective Award Claim so you can claim no matter how long you’ve worked for Mothercare.

A Protective Award Claim can be made by both full and part time workers and your award will be based on your weekly pay.

Read our Case Study about staff at a packaging company getting their Protective Award payment.

Who Pays the Protective Award?

Because Mothercare are in administration, your Protective Award Claim will be paid by the Insolvency Service so you don’t need to worry about trying to get the money from Mothercare. The administrators, PwC, should pay you any outstanding wages, holiday pay or anything else owed to you quite quickly, but the Protective Award will take longer.

How Simpson Millar Can Help You

To see if you qualify for a Protective Award check your eligibility to claim here.

Our Employment Lawyers and Solicitors have been helping people just like you make Protective Award Claims against their former employers.

Most recently we’ve helped staff at Thomas Cook, Tomlinsons Dairies and Triumph Furniture to start their claims for Protective Awards. In the past we’ve helped people who worked for BHS, after the retailer ceased trading back in 2016, amongst many others.

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