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Hi, can anyone who has a legal background or is well up on employment law help me out with a bit of advise please?

 

In November of last year we were informed that a deal was imminent, whereby our company was being bought out by another. Once the deal had gone through, the company's head office (where I worked) would be relocating to Surrey.

The deal kept being put off and put off and in May of this year, myself and two other members of staff were told that the deal was going through any day now. We were then told that if we were willing to relocate to Surrey, we could TUPE across, if not, we could accept redundancy.

As we believed that the deal was going to go through within a matter of days, and none of us wished to relocate to Surrey, we accepted redundancy.

I have only recently found out that the deal didn't actually go through until September and the company are still in the same building where I worked as they have not yet found new premises.

My gripe is, is that I have been unemployed now since May and finding it difficult to get a job, yet I still could potentially be working for my company for at least an extra 4 months (the extra time after I was made redundant till the deal went through).

Do I have a leg to stand on with anything here, or do I just have to accept that I made a wrong choice and should have held out.......

Any advice is greatly received

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Sorry, but you made your choice, and even if you could demonstrate that you took redundancy based on incorrect information, and even if there was a case in there (which I don't think there is - I am struggling to see one) then you would be out of time to make a claim. So sorry, but I don't see a leg to stand on


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I am a barrister specialising in employment law, and only represent employees. My advice on employment issues is advice - not legal opinion - and is based only on the facts you provide. If you want an accurate assessment of your case and prospects, you should get legal opinion from a lawyer - not a public forum. Anything I tell you is for guidance only, and is based on my experience of the law in the context of what details you provide.

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ok thanks SarEl. I guess I will have to put it down to experience and think long and hard before making any big decisions like that in future - here's hoping karma will intervene.

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Your issue hinges on the fact you took voluntary redundancy based on the business need at that point in time - therefore, you had already chosen your fate on the information supplied to you. The difficulty here is that all the business has to do is prove that, at that time, the information they have is correct. The only time any sort of claim can succeed in these circumstances is if the redunancies were forced (or compulsory) - if circumstances or details of a deal/aquisition changed after the redundancy date, then there is no duty to be re-considered.


Lived through bankruptcy to tell the tale! Worked in various industries and studied law at university. All advice is given in good faith only :)

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