Ill Health Unfair Dismissal: Letter Builder

If you have recently been dismissed on the grounds of ill health and think your dismissal was unfair, answer these questions to create a free customised legal letter to send to your employer. Lower down on the page, there's a letter template which gets updated live as you answer the questions.

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How to use this letter builder

If you have been dismissed for reasons of ill health and think that your dismissal may have been unfair, just answer the questions in the letter builder to create a free bespoke legal letter addressed to your employer.

Your answer to each question is used to start creating the letter which you can use to send to your employer to start negotiations for a decent settlement and financial payout. Once you have finished answering the questions, you will be able to email yourself a copy of the letter in Word, along with the guidance notes. You can then add the final details where indicated in the letter.

When you have finialized the Word doc, you can send the completed letter to your employer. Alternatively, you can send a copy of your letter to us to review for you. (Details below. There would be a modest charge for this).

When should you use this 'without prejudice' letter?

Use this Ill Health letter if you believe that your employer has unfairly dismissed you on the grounds of your ill health.

The letter is headed ‘without prejudice’, because that is the legal way to start an off-the-record settlement negotiation.

How might your employer respond?

These responses are common:

  • They ask you for more details - try to provide the details they ask for
  • They say they will consider your letter and get back to you - chase them
  • They invite you to a meeting to discuss - a good sign
  • You want a settlement and they offer you a low settlement - start negotiating
  • They offer you a fair settlement - unlikely first time round
  • They don’t respond at all - chase them

What to do if your employer won't negotiate

If, after you've sent your letter, your employer still won't negotiate, you can inform them that you are making an Employment Tribunal claim and take steps to get the claim started. Time scales for submitting Employment Tribunal claims are normally within 3 months, so you need to act quickly.

For practical advice on preparing for an Employment Tribunal claim, see the series of employment tribunal guides on the website of our sister firm - Monaco Solicitors.

Could our solicitors help?

To find out if we could help you negotiate a decent settlement agreement and financial payout for your unfair dismissal, please download a copy of the ill health letter, add the final detail where indicated. then email the final copy to us at This gives us a clearer picture of your case, so we can review it promptly and let you know if we can help you.