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Ex-TM Lewin staff win legal battle following company’s collapse in 2020

Over 100 former TM Lewin employees have won a legal battle against the business after an employment tribunal ruled that the formalwear retailer had failed in… View Article

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Ex-TM Lewin staff win legal battle following company’s collapse in 2020

Over 100 former TM Lewin employees have won a legal battle against the business after an employment tribunal ruled that the formalwear retailer had failed in its legal obligation to formally consult with staff during a ‘redundancy consultation period’.

The judgment follows legal action carried out by law firm Simpson Millar which has led to 101 former employees being eligible to receive a combined pay-out as part of a protective award. The staff members will now be able to access funds of up to £4,352 as part of a total of up to £439,000 via the Government’s insolvency service.

The news coincides with reports that TM Lewin has secured its second rescue deal in two years.

Anita North, head of employment law at Simpson Millar, said: “The initial collapse of TM Lewin had a devastating impact on its employees, especially in the height of the pandemic in 2020.

“101 ex-employees later instructed us to investigate claims that company had failed to properly consult over the job losses and following an employment tribunal which took place last month a judgment has been handed down in their favour.

“This judgment brings to a close a difficult period for those who were affected, but we are delighted to have secured a positive outcome on behalf of our clients.”

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