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unfair dismissal.

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unfair dismissal

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Unfair dismissal is when your employer terminates your employment without fair reason for doing so, or via an unfair process.

How do you know if your dismissal is unfair?

There are five reasons for a dismissal to be fair. If you believe your dismissal doesn’t meet one of these reasons, you may have a case for unfair dismissal.


Are you unable to do your job either because you’re not qualified, your health prevents you or you’re just incompetent?




This is the way you behave at work. Fair reasons for dismissal can range from theft of property, to abusive or racist behaviour, or taking time off without permission. The scope here is very large.


There are set rules to how redundancy process must be conducted. There must be a fair reason for the redundancy and the employer must consult with you to try and avoid job loss.

Breaking the law

This is more clear-cut. Breaches of civil or criminal law outside work hours may result in dismissal. There could also be statutory reasons for your dismissal: for example, your immigration status has changed or you don’t have the required license to do the job.

'Some other substantial reason'

This is a catch-all to cover all the different ways you might fairly be dismissed, including things like third-party pressure or a loss of trust and confidence.


How PAL can help

If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed you will usually need at least two years continuous service to challenge this at an employment tribunal. 

If we determine if you have a good argument to make, we can help you with the appeal process, including writing the letter and representing you at the hearing.

Sadly, if you have been dismissed it can sometimes be difficult to gain reinstatement and it might be better to consider accepting a payment through a settlement agreement. We have a strong track-record of achieving substantial settlement agreements for people who have been unfairly dismissed.

PAL will be able to help you in these negotiations and can also provide you with the required settlement legal advice.

"Your advice and support was really useful in playing back to the employer many points that absolutely highlighted the indefensiveness of the allegations made."


What support can I get?

15 minutes telephone advice


Written advice


Review of all relevant documentation, written advice and a letter to your employer or other third party


Representation at a meeting


Legal advice on settlement



Costs depends on complexity but usually paid for by the employer


Early conciliation


Get in touch

If you think we could give you the support you're looking for, we'd love to hear from you - please get in touch:

You’ll be connected to a PAL advisor who can chat to you about the service without any obligation.


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