Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

hmctsA former senior oil boss who claimed that he had been unfairly dismissed by his previous employer has won almost tens of thousands of pounds in compensation.

Proserv UK Limited was ordered by the Employment Tribunal to pay Philip Hunt, its former global business development manager, almost £80,000 after it was found that Mr Hunt had been unfairly dismissed in January 2015.

Mr Hunt, who had worked for Proserv for over 20 years until his dismissal, brought claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, and breach of contract in the Employment Tribunal after his employment was terminated in January 2015. The Aberdeen Employment Tribunal heard earlier this year that Mr Hunt had been called to a meeting in December 2014 where he was told that his employment was to be terminated due to redundancy (the need to restructure the company), with this meeting being the first notice that Mr Hunt had received that he was to be potentially made redundant. Mr Hunt stated in his witness statement that he was told in this meeting that he was being offered a settlement agreement “for tax purposes” and was then told to clear his desk, go home, and inform colleagues that he was going home for “family reasons”. Mr Hunt was subsequently dismissed from his employment on 31 January 2015.

Mr Hunt gave evidence to the Employment Tribunal that his former responsibilities were now being undertaken by a former colleague, with this colleague being promoted to the position of vice-president after Mr Hunt’s dismissal.

The Employment Tribunal, chaired by Employment Judge Nicol Hosie, found in Mr Hunt’s favour in respect of his unfair dismissal claim but rejected his claims for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract. With regards to Mr Hunt’s unfair dismissal claim, the Employment Tribunal held that Mr Hunt had been treated in a “most insensitive, cavalier, disrespectful manner”, particularly with regards to the fact that Mr Hunt had been employed by the company for over 20 years. Mr Hunt was awarded £76,574 by the Employment Tribunal for loss of earnings and statutory rights that he had sustained since the loss of his employment in January 2015, as well as the cost of his court fees (£1,200). The wrongful dismissal and breach of contract claims were dismissed by the Employment Tribunal as not having sufficient evidence in support of them.

Mr Hunt does not appear to have commented after the Employment Tribunal’s decision, but Proserv has indicated that it will appeal the judgment of the Employment Tribunal.

Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, commented on the claim: “In redundancy situations employers must take care to undertake a fair and impartial redundancy procedure, give employees sufficient notice of their termination, and make a decision to dismiss that is not a ‘fait accompli’; essentially, there must be a process of consultation whereby the employer can give their reasons for making the employee redundant and the employee can provide alternative solutions to the redundancy. If the employer fails to carry out this process then it is likely that an Employment Tribunal will find a dismissal to be unfair.”

About

Redmans Employment Team deal with employment matters for both employers and employees, including drafting employment contracts and policies, advising employers and employees on compromise agreements, handling day-to-day HR issues, advising on restructures, and handling Employment Tribunal cases for both employers and employees Call 020 3397 3603 to speak to one of the members of our employment team or email us on enquiries@redmans.co.uk. Redmans have offices in Richmond, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kingston, Wimbledon, Ealing, Kings Cross and Marylebone (meetings strictly by appointment only).

Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

Share →

Our awards

Request a callback

    Your first name (required)

    Your last name (required)

    Your email (required)

    Your telephone number (required)

    Brief details of your enquiry

    Testimonials

    4.79 Average

    339 Reviews

    James B

    Great and prompt service- would recommend and use again!

    Posted 9 hours ago

    Emma L

    Excellent service. From start the team where efficient and helpful, the whole process was made easy on a very stressful and upsetting situation. They worked well to support my situation and negotiate. Would highly recommend. Thank you to Chris, Sacha and the team.

    Posted 10 hours ago

    Brian H

    I must say, not seeing any of you and doing all on-line works very well. Very pleased with the service and would recommend you. Fantastic service. Many thanks Brian Haines

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Sheenu A

    Professionals with excellent quality of work.

    Posted 6 days ago

    Maris T

    I recommend Redman's Solicitors. Chris was very helpful and informative. He provided a speedy and efficient service at a reasonable price.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    quick response, friendly staff, my issue was smoothly done. superb

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Overall I was very satisfied with the service I received. Right from making initial contact to being contacted by Chris Hadrill. He was easy to talk to, friendly and professional and gave sound advice. I would certainly use Redman's again. Thank you for all your help, Chris. I would rate my experience as 5 star.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Jane K

    4 stars for quality of advise. the team are good but it feels rushed sometimes and hard to contact.

    Posted 4 weeks ago

    Arabella B

    I am so grateful to Caroline Lewis at Redmans Solicitor’s for helping me with my Unfair Dismissal Case. I was seriously impressed how easy Redmans made the whole case, and am very happy with my Settlement. I have recommended your firm to at least 5 people in the last 3 months.. Thank you Caroline and everyone at Redmans. You are Brilliant .

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Highly professional and efficient service.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Tanya T

    I had the pleasure of Chris and Sacha’s experience with a work matter. They made me feel at ease with the process and explained everything thoroughly. Would happily recommend Redmans especially Chris and use them if needed I’m the future. Thank you!

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    I used the services of Redmans solicitors and was a quick outstanding service I engaged them in a settlement agreement after been made redundant extremely professional at all that was done and would definetly use them again

    Posted 1 month ago

    Adrian A

    Spot on support, enough to get the matter at hand sorted. No beating around the bush, no nonsense - got the job done and we all moved on.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Mark Q

    Five Stars I was most impressed by the attention, courtesy, speed and above all, professionalism in dealing with my Settlement Agreement. I would certainly have no problem in recommending this firm to anyone in need of their services.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Ade A

    I was surprisingly impressed by how Redmans Solicitors handle my case. From the moment I call them to the absolute end of my case, they always look after my best interest.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Malcolm P

    they were there when others were not

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Excellent service all the way through from start to finish. Really great support and guidance from the team, they secured the offer that I wanted. I can't recommend Redmans highly enough and will be sure to use their services again should the need arise.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Efficient and quick service!

    Posted 2 months ago

    Karen B

    Quick response very helpful Issue raised dealt with very quickly

    Posted 2 months ago

    Carmen T

    Redmans give Great service and advice on reading contracts. They can explain all the solicitors jargon into words that you can understand. I received excellent service an I will use them again and again.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Very grateful for Mel’s efforts in handling my case from start to finish which I would have found very stressful without it. She was very professional, friendly and we had a positive outcome. Highly recommend.

    Posted 2 months ago