Simonstone Car Dealer Staff Can Make a Protective Award Claim

Stephen Pinder
Partner, Employment Law Solicitor

If you worked for Simonstone car dealership in Brislington, Bristol and you lost your job just before Christmas, you’re running out of time to make a Protective Award claim.

A Protective Award claim gives you the opportunity to claim up to a maximum of £4,200 so it’s well worth considering.

You can make a Protective Award claim if:

  • 20 or more people were made redundant at one location and
  • You were not given the correct consultation time for the redundancy as required by law.

Speak to one of our Employment Law Solicitors or check your eligibility online now.

Because there were more than 80 staff operating out of Simonstone’s Brislington dealership and because cars were being taken away before you even knew you had been made redundant, it seems likely that you could make a Protective Award claim.

But, time is short.

You only have 3 months less one day to make a Protective Award claim from the date you were made redundant.

Make sure you get specialist legal advice from an Employment Law Solicitor now or use our Protective Award Checker to confirm your eligibility.

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

Protective Award Process

There are some steps you will need to go through to make a Protective Award claim. They are:

Get Permission from the Administrators

You do need permission in writing from the administrators to make a Protective Award claim. Leonard Curtis in Bristol have been appointed as administrators for the business. Our Employment Law Solicitors have years’ of experience with these types of claims, so we can help you.

Get Everyone Involved

When you make a Protective Award claim, you can do this alone or as a group of employees made redundant. It makes sense for you all to come together and make the claim together. Because you need a Judgment from an Employment Tribunal with either your name or your job title included on it to make a claim, it makes sense for all former employees to get together and make a claim. After all, you’re all in the same situation.

Complete Early Conciliation

Early Conciliation is a process that was put in place to help to resolve claims before they go to an Employment Tribunal. Settling the claim in these circumstances is not possible, but this process with ACAS still needs to be completed. It is just a formality in the context of a Protective Award claim and should be signed off quickly.

Get a Judgment

Once the Early Conciliation process has been completed, your Protective Award claim will go to an Employment Tribunal and a Judge will decide if they want to make the award. As long as the criteria above it met, there are very few reasons why the Judgment would not be made in your favour.

Once you have a Judgment, you can claim your Protective Award.

How Much Will I Get?

The law says you can claim up to 90 days’ pay. Your Protective Award will be paid out by the Insolvency Service and they guarantee payment of 8 weeks’ pay. They do place a cap on the amount they will pay out, and it’s capped at £525 per week. The award you are given is based on your weekly wage and the maximum will be £4,200.

Take Action Now

Because of the short time limit you have to make a Protective Award claim, you need to act quickly.

Speak to one of our experienced Employment Law Solicitors or check your eligibility online.

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