Redundancy: Letter Builder for Employees

If you have been or are being made redundant unfairly, answer these questions to create a free bespoke legal letter to send to your employer. As you answer the questions, the letter template beneath them is updated live. If you've already been dismissed, Lex will generate a letter for you which is headed 'Redundancy: Without prejudice'. If you're still in employment, you will automatically get a letter headed: 'Redundancy Consultation Process'. The differences between these two kinds of letter are explained in the notes below the letter. You can also access letter builders on other employment topics in the notes.

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We're developing letter builders across a range of employment topics, for use by employees. The following letters are ready to use or coming shortly, as indicated. Click on one that's ready to use to get started.

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Ready to use: Holiday pay entitlement; Ill health unfair dismissal; Redundancy (this letter)

Coming shortly: Misconduct unfair dismissal; Performance/capability unfair dismissal; Unlawful deduction of wages

How to use the Redundancy letter builder

If you have been, or are being, made redundant unfairly, just answer the yes/no questions above to create a free bespoke legal letter.

Once you’ve finished the questions, the structure of the letter will be complete, and you will be able to email yourself a copy of it in Word, along with the guidance notes you will need to fill in the gaps.

When you have filled in the gaps on the Word doc, you can proceed to send the completed letter to your employer to initiate a negotiation for a fair financial settlement. Or you can send us a copy of your letter to review (details below).

When should you use this letter?

You should use this letter builder a) if you are still in employment but facing redundancy, and b) if you have recently been made redundant and are no longer in employment. Our system will generate letters to suit both situations, depending on your answers to the questions asked.

(You can read more about what is and isn’t a fair redundancy in our redundancy article.)

When to send a ‘without prejudice’ letter rather than an 'open' letter?

If you have already been made redundant, we recommend sending a ‘without prejudice’ letter, because that is the way to start an off the record settlement negotiation.

If you are still employed, we recommend sending an 'open' letter, so that you can go on the record for pointing out the faults in the redundancy process. Your employer would have to respond openly too, which might force them to make you a settlement offer instead.

Don't worry, our letter builder logic automatically adapts your letter to be 'without prejudice' or open, depending on the answers you give.

How might your employer respond?

The 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
  • 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, there are still 3 actions you can take:

  • Lodge a formal grievance
  • Submit a Subject Access Request
  • Commence an Employment Tribunal claim

Could our solicitors help?

To find out if we could help with representation regarding your unfair redundancy, please download a copy of your redundancy letter (which you can do after you've answered the questions), finalize the detail (where shown in the letter) and email it to us at contact@lex.lawyer (this gives us a clearer picture of your case).