Our solicitors deal exclusively in compensation claims related to employment. They can provide representation in the Liverpool Employment Tribunal and they are qualified to negotiate claims for all types of employment disputes including unfair dismissal compensation claims. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation about your potential compensation claim. To speak personally with an unfair dismissal solicitor, just phone us on our helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. You will receive detailed, easy-to-understand jargon free advice about unfair dismissal compensation claims in Liverpool without charge and with no further obligation.


Employers are entitled to terminate employment however an employer must carry out the termination in a reasonable manner and on reasonable grounds otherwise it will be an unfair dismissal. There are a large number of wholly legitimate reasons for terminating employment. For instance, it may be reasonable to dismiss an employee who commits a serious act of misconduct or who is no longer able to carry out the duties of his job.


Redundancy is one reason for employment termination. Redundancy means that the employee is no longer needed because the business is closing down or because it no longer requires a worker with the employee's particular skill set. Should employment be terminated for either of these reasons, a redundancy payment is appropriate if there has been continuous employment by the organisation for at least two years. If the employer is falsely claiming redundancy to cover up a lack of reasonable grounds for termination, then the employee may have a claim for unfair dismissal.


Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the termination, the employer is always required to be both fair and reasonable. For example, an employer is well advised to issue warnings about unacceptable behaviour and give the employee a chance to rectify the situation before moving forward with termination which may otherwise be determined by the Employment Tribunal in Liverpool to be an unfair dismissal. When an employer decides that termination is necessary, there must be a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the employment so that the decision can be justified. Failure to provide reasonable grounds for termination can result in the employee making a claim for compensation for unfair dismissal to the Employment Tribunal.


In order to make a claim for compensation for unfair dismissal, the applicant must have been employed for at least one year and must be below the normal age of retirement. There are five permissible reasons for termination of employment which are misconduct, illegality, redundancy, capability or some other substantial reason. The compensation awarded for a successful claim for unfair dismissal is divided into two categories. The Basic Award depends on the employee's age and their length of service which is statutorily capped. The Compensatory Award which is also statutorily capped is much higher and it serves as compensation for an employee's financial losses caused by the termination, including loss of benefits and personal expenses.

Time Limits

Those who believe they have a claim for unfair dismissal should act quickly and contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The employee has only 3 months from the date of their dismissal to make their unfair dismissal compensation claim in the Liverpool Employment Tribunal (ET). If the employer gives the employee notice, then the effective date of termination will be the date on which the notice expired. If the employer does not give notice to the employee, then the effective date of termination is considered to be the date on which the cessation of work took effect. The ET does have discretion when it comes to time limits. If the ET finds that it was not reasonably practical for the employee to file the claim within the 3-month time frame, it can opt to extend the time for that individual.


HELPLINE 0345 515 0362