Protective Award Claims for Ex Topshop & Topman Employees

By Hannah Stewart-MacCallum - 4th February 2021

Topman / Topshop Protective Award Claims

Following Arcadia being put into administration, employees of Topshop and Topman have recently been informed that the brand has been purchased by ASOS and that all stores are to close permanently. 

Topshop and Topman, British multinational fashion retailers, have around 300 stores located in The United Kingdom. Affected employees of Topshop / Topman could make a Protective Award claim of up to 90 days’ pay.

To make a Protective Award Claim, the below must apply:

  • You must have worked at a location where more than 20 redundancies were made within a 90-day period
  • Your employer did not consult with a recognised trade union or elected employee representatives

If both of the above points apply, you could be entitled to make a Protective Award Claim.

We manage Protective Award Claims on a no-win-no-fee basis. Therefore, you will not be liable for any legal fees or expenses if the claim is unsuccessful.

To find out if you can make a claim for a protective award, use our eligibility checker here.

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What is collective consultation?

Consultation is when an employer speaks with employees affected by proposed redundancies. Collective consultation involves an employer speaking with elected representatives of the workforce or a recognised trade union, as well as affected employees.

This period provides employees with an opportunity to propose any ideas that may reduce the number of redundancies in which the employer must make. Employers do not have to agree to suggestions but should consider them.

An employer still has a duty to collectively consult if it enters into administration.

How long should the consultation period last?

Where an employer is proposing to make between 20 and 99 employees redundant within a 90-day period, the collective consultation period must last for at least 30 days.

Where an employer is proposing to make more than 100 employees redundant within a 90-day period, the collective consultation period must last for at least 45 days.

The current implications of COVID-19 do not change the fact that it is a legal obligation for employers to undertake collective consultation.

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