JWK Solicitors secure million pound payout for former BHS employees

20th April 2017

Locally based law firm JWK Solicitors last week successfully represented a group of 112 former employees of collapsed retail giant BHS at an employment tribunal in London. 

After months of preparation, JWK's Employment Law Department are delighted that the workers have been awarded 90 days' pay each, estimated to be worth up a total of £1,000,000. The staff, all of whom were based in BHS's head office, were seeking compensation for the company's failure to deal with their redundancies properly. In summing up, the Employment Tribunal ruled that there were no mitigating circumstances excusing the failure to collectively consult with the employees prior to dismissing them and awarded the Claimants over £5,000 towards their Tribunal fees.

Carl Moran, Director and Head of Employment Law at JWK Solicitors in Lancaster, is clearly delighted with the judgement and that the claimants have finally seen a just outcome.  Mr. Moran says, "This case centred on the fact that BHS failed to collectively consult with our clients before making them redundant. In light of this the Employment Tribunal has awarded each of them the maximum possible damages of 90 days' pay. This case involved very complex legal issues and we are pleased to have been able to successfully represent our clients and to have secured a just outcome for them."

When BHS went into administration a year ago, 11,000 jobs were lost, making it the biggest high street collapse since that of Woolworths which went into administration nearly 10 years ago.

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