Employment lawyers help man sacked for gross misconduct

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Our specialist employment lawyers at Digby Brown helped a senior manager after he was sacked on the grounds of gross misconduct.

“Having been dismissed for gross misconduct, having never even had one blemish in my working career of 40 years, I didn't know who to turn to. I knew it was unjust, but did I have a case?

“I turned to Digby Brown and dealt with Ross Milvenan and his team and it was the best decision I ever made.

“They digested all the facts I had and provided me with expert knowledge and advice. I tried Early Conciliation, without success, but with the confidence of the knowledge provided by Ross I went for a Tribunal hearing.”

Dismissed for gross misconduct

Our client defended the allegations made against him at a Disciplinary Meeting with 75% of the allegations being thrown out.

“My boss came up with loads of accusations against me which were pretty farcical to be honest. The whole thing was ridiculous.”

However, our client was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct on the remaining allegations made against him.

Upon his appeal meeting, he had prepared a statement to respond to the remaining allegations but his employer refused to listen.

“I had to leave my job and I thought I need to defend myself and my reputation here as I don’t accept these allegations of gross misconduct.

“I got in touch with local lawyers for advice on where I stood for case of unfair dismissal.”

Employment advice from the right solicitors

Our client initially contacted his local family solicitors for advice.They advised our client that they were not specialists in employment law but had worked with specialists at Digby Brown in the past. The local firm passed the client to our employment law solicitors to provide expert advice.

“When my local solicitor recommended Digby Brown, I’d heard of them before because of their adverts so I thought they must be doing something right. I also knew they specialised in employment law which my own solicitor didn’t specialise in.”

“Employment advice was absolutely spot on”

For a one off fixed fee, our employment solicitors at Digby Brown were able to provide initial help and support, reviewing documents and offering expert legal advice.  Our solicitors gave an opinion that if our client pursued a tribunal claim, it was likely to be successful.

“My problem was I didn’t know how relevant the gross misconduct charge was or if it was possible to make a tribunal claim. My reputation was in tatters in the industry as they see I’ve been sacked and I had to find another job.

“I needed advice about whether I had a case and I needed to trust the advice I was given. They told me I had a good case and they were right.

“Digby Brown gave me the confidence to proceed with a tribunal claim.”

Tribunal claim against employer

Our client proceeded with making a tribunal claim himself against his former employer with the help of our employment lawyers. 

We arranged a face to face meeting with employment lawyer, Ross Milvenan, for advice on the Employment Tribunal process and the arguments he could make. 

“I felt a lot happier after I meet with Ross. I was very comfortable that I knew how an employee tribunal worked and I stuck to my guns.

“He advised me about the procedures given and how they were important which I hadn’t realised.

“There was a couple of things that came up at the tribunal and because of my meeting with Ross, I knew my employer was wrong.”

“Delighted with outcome”

“I am pleased I went ahead with a tribunal claim as I now feel vindicated and that was the whole point. It was the right thing to do and I really wouldn’t have done it if I never got the advice from Digby Brown, it was the best thing I ever did.

“I can't thank Ross enough, it was a pleasure to deal with him and I felt that not only did he know his stuff, but that he cared and that's what spurred me on.”

“My advice would be to get a specialist employment lawyer”

“I would recommend going to a specialist employment solicitor and send anyone in need of help to Digby Brown and give Ross’s name. They have vast experience in employment law, and you know you can trust their advice.”

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