Howells client Arthur Smith has been awarded £10,839 by the Employment Tribunal for his Unfair Dismissal claim, after it was found that his former employer failed to follow a fair redundancy procedure.
Mr Smith, an electrician with over 40 years experience had been working for his employer for over 2 years. He was recognised by his colleagues and customers for the quality of his work and often provided training, guidance and support to his younger colleagues.
When the company’s redundancy process commenced, Mr Smith was made redundant without the correct procedure being followed. The selection process highlighted the possibility of bias and unfairness resulting in Mr Smith submitting a claim to the Employment Tribunal.
At the hearing, the Employment Tribunal found that the dismissal was unfair and that the company had failed to even follow their own redundancy procedure. Mr Smith received a total of £10,839 in compensation. Tom Bernard, his solicitor, commented that “it was evident from the outset that Mr Smith has been treated unfairly and that the selection of him for redundancy was unfair, we were delighted that he was successful at hearing.” Mr Smith commented that “Howells helped me in a very efficient and professional manner, always keeping me up to date as the case was progressing. I always fully understood what was happening and the case was very well presented allowing a positive outcome to be achieved. I received an excellent service and I would not hesitate to recommend Howells.”