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Ben Amunwa successfully represented a book-keeper in a long-running constructive dismissal claim against a law firm

21st November 2018

Following multiple preliminary hearings, two trials and several appeals to the EAT (one of which was reported here), the claim was eventually settled.

This was a particularly hard-fought case over the last 3 years in which Ben was against a senior junior and, on occasion, a QC. The trial required cross-examination of the law firm’s principal and resulted in the Employment Tribunal finding that liability had been established and that one of the Respondent’s solicitors had made a false allegation of sexual harassment.

The Respondent resisted the Claimant’s claim for compensation by raising serious allegations of fraud and embezzlement against both the Claimant and a former partner of the firm.

Ahead of a remedies hearing listed for 7 days, Ben took the rare step of making an application for a wasted costs order against the firm and its representative. Shortly after that application, the Respondent withdrew its fraud allegations, agreed to pay compensation and the Claimant’s reasonable costs and agreed to make an interim payment of £20,000.

Ben was instructed by Landmark Legal Solicitors LLP in London.


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