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No win no fee?..

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Scottsdan2012, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Scottsdan2012

    Scottsdan2012 New commenter

    This is just a little plea for advice.. I lost my job earlier this year after 10 years with an organisation. Sacked for gross misconduct with no notice period, quite brutally. I had to go to a tribunal to get paid my entitled holiday otherwise I’d have been given only 3 days pay! I’ve admitted some faults, it wasn’t safeguarding related, just professional practice mostly for an additional role which I wasn’t allocated additional hours for so throughout it felt like the decision was in the balance. I feel I’ve been dealt with quite harshly, the union were an emotional support but I felt maybe they weren’t ‘hardball’ enough at times. I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with any lawyers who might provide an assessment for free or take a 50/50 case on? I’ve got a job already and am gradually recovering from what was an emotionally difficult time but just thought, you know the organisation should sweat a little.
     
  2. NQT08

    NQT08 Occasional commenter

    Can't help but what job did you move into?
     
  3. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Have you tried your household insurance to see if they give you cover?
     
  4. Scottsdan2012

    Scottsdan2012 New commenter

    Same sort of thing I’m afraid (no great escape) but I’m not in schools (a sort of private college) so references just from ex colleagues who felt I wasn’t all that bad...
     
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  5. Scottsdan2012

    Scottsdan2012 New commenter

    No, I didn’t realise that was ‘a thing’ so thanks for the tip...I’ll check it out..In reality I was probably only out of paid work for a month but I seem to have burnt through my meagre savings rather quickly!
     
  6. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Lead commenter

    Did your Union rep suggest that you might have a case? If so why did they not refer it to their solicitors?
     
  7. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    The best revenge is to go on and be happy and successful elsewhere.
     
  8. Sanz1981

    Sanz1981 Occasional commenter

    I can help. As I’ve been in a similar situation. I got legal help from a qualified legal aid (friend), so if you want to pm I can help you.
     
  9. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    No direct experience but just to say (with my 'Forum guide' hat on) that if another TES member wants to suggest a specific law firm to you it can only be done through a PM. TES don't allow law firms (or schools) to be named on open forum.

    You say you have already taken the school to Employment Tribunal and won a judgement against them, but only on the peripheral issue of holiday pay owing. Did Tribunal consider the central issue of whether your dismissal for Gross Misconduct was unfair? And if so did they decide it was fair? If your claim at Tribunal was unsuccessful on the main grounds of claim (Unfair dismissal etc) I fear you may be clutching at straws and about to waste much emotional energy in pursuing this.
     
  10. Scottsdan2012

    Scottsdan2012 New commenter

    To be honest they at first thought it would be a slap on the wrist. Throughout they seemed positive and then my caseworker was away for my hearing and the chap seemed to be quite pessimistic. I felt throughout that I was wanted rid of (been there a while, different pay grade etc) but I didn’t feel they shared my concern. That’s why I’m searching for an option outside of union to be honest.
     
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  11. Scottsdan2012

    Scottsdan2012 New commenter

    I am relatively happy with my lot and couldn’t imagine working in that environment again, I sort of want to make life difficult for the people who seemed quite vindictive about the terms of my dismissal. It was like a group egging each other on to really break me. I’m fairly calm about it now and getting there with my new start..
     
  12. Scottsdan2012

    Scottsdan2012 New commenter

    That would be great! I can’t seem to message you though? There doesn
     
  13. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    That's because you are a new member and TES doesn't allow new members to send PMs immediately. But if someone else sends you a PM you will be able to reply.
     
  14. Sanz1981

    Sanz1981 Occasional commenter

    Yes. I messaged op first. Thanks for clarification to other new members also.
     
  15. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Lead commenter

    I can understand that feeling. It's about wanting to stand up for yourself and to make sure they don't get away Scott free with what they have done. To hold them to account.
     

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