Redundancies, Dismissals &
Your Rights

Expert employment lawyers guiding you through the processes

Employment law for employees in Wiltshire

Redundancies & Your Rights

The thought of being made redundant can be extremely worrisome. Sadly, it is although often necessary to allow a business to grow and adapt to changing circumstances. 

The best thing you can do is be prepared for any conversations with your employer and to understand your rights to ensure you receive any payment you might be entitled to.

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The Goughs approach to redundancy

Our team has a proactive, can-do, approach to all employment law matters. Our aim is to support you and provide you with tailored, comprehensive and practical advice. 

In terms of the prospect of being made redundant, we are here to protect you and your rights.


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Your employment law questions answered

Your employer must follow a fair redundancy process, if you will have been employed by them for 2 years at the end of your employment. 

They should arrange at least 1 meeting with you to discuss the potential redundancy. 

In terms of a formal process to follow, the are no hard and fast rules as to what your employers process should look like. They should although have a process so do ask about it to ensure they follow it. 

If you are an employee and are facing redundancy you may be entitled to redundancy pay.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an employee with a contract of employment
  • have worked continuously for your employer for at least 2 years
  • have been dismissed, laid off or put on short-time working.

The payment must be received when you are dismissed, or very soon after.

You are entitled to a written statement detailing the amount of the redundancy payment and how this was calculated. 

Redundancy pay is calculated based on your length of service and age. The length of service is capped at 20 years. 

You are entitled to:

  • 1.5 weeks pay for each full year of employment after your 41st birthday
  • a weeks pay for each full year of employment after your 22nd birthday
  • half a weeks pay for each full year of employment up to your 22nd birthday

At Goughs, our employment specialists have unrivalled experience in dealing with both employers and employees. We can help with a broad range of employment disputes, processes and procedures. 

We have built up many years of experience and our team not only offer advice to businesses but also advise on broader business planning issues and sit on various advisory boards, ensuring that our advice and expertise  ensures all advice really is in your best interests.

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Why you should put your
trust in Gough's hands


With offices throughout Wiltshire, we are here for face to face, or virtual appointments at a time to suit you.


We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.


Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.

Your employment law team

Kevin Basnett

Managing Partner

As the firm's managing partner Kevin deals with employment law matters in a pragmatic and logical manner to offer realistic, fair and reasonable recommendations to all clients.

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