MTB successfully represent clients in one of the largest employment law settlements in NI

MTB Employment Partner, John McShane, has successfully represented seven of nine claimants who took a case against the Executive Office – formerly the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) – for unfair dismissal.

The Ilex Urban Regeneration Company (“Ilex”) was set up in 2003 by the Department for Social Development (now part of the Department for Communities) and the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers (now The Executive Office) to promote the physical, economic and social regeneration of Derry-Londonderry.  When the staff of Ilex were advised in October 2015 that the organisation was to close by the end of the financial year, and they would lose their jobs, it was a huge shock to them. At the time NIPSA argued that, as some of the work of Ilex was being transferred to The Executive Office and the Strategic Investment Board, its staff should also transfer under the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employees Regulations (TUPE). This was rejected and so MTB initiated proceedings on behalf of their clients.

The settlement obtained by MTB for its clients is one of the largest employment law settlements of its kind here in Northern Ireland.

John says “This is a stark warning to employers of any size or sector that they should obtain legal advice in relation to their responsibilities to employees, as this case clearly shows that the financial implications of not following the legal protections of TUPE can be very serious indeed.”

Should you have any queries regarding any employment law matters as an employer or employee, you should contact these offices and we will be happy to help.