111 former BHS staff sue administrators over redundancy procedures


111 former BHS workers have started proceedings against the retailer’s administrators, Duff & Phelps, for their alleged failure to consult staff prior to making redundancies. Acting on behalf of the claimants, JWK Solicitors have suggested that the administrators failed to comply with their duties, by failing to collectively consult staff under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 before BHS ceased trading in August 2016.

If successful at an employment tribunal, the retailer and the government could be ordered to pay up to 90 days’ wages worth between £500,000 and £1m.

A spokesperson for Duff & Phelps has said “There are clear exemptions under insolvency legislation for redundancy consultation in insolvent companies, Duff & Phelps acts completely in line with this legislation when making redundancies in administration cases”.

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