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Byline: Peter Swingler

A MIDLAND firm of solicitors is facing compensation claims for unfair dismissal and unpaid wages by one of its former employees.

Solicitor Richard Baugh complained at Birmingham Employment Tribunal that he was treated unfairly while working for LHP Law LLP at Beech House, Church Green East, Redditch.

Mr Baugh was seeking permission at the tribunal preliminary hearing to go ahead with his compensation claims for constructive unfair dismissal and unpaid wages against his former employers.

He joined the firm in 2002 as a senior associate.

The firm objected against the full hearing going ahead.

Ian Jones, representing the firm, alleged Mr Baugh had been a partner in the business and had not been an employee.

And this prevented his case going ahead under the Employment Rights Act, said Mr Jones. Matt Abdulla, representing Mr Baugh, disagreed and said that Mr Baugh had been an employee.

He said Mr Baugh had resigned over the way he had been treated and that had not been paid for months.

Tribunal judge Mr Ron Hutchinson said he was satisfied Mr Baugh had been an employee and that he could go ahead with his claims at a full hearing later this year.

"We have been told Mr Baugh was offered LLP membership in March 2003," said Mr Hutchinson.

"But he had not put in capital and had not taken part in running the business."

Mr Hutchinson said Mr Baugh needed to provide more details about his claims at the full hearing.

He suggested that the firm, and Mr Baugh, might consider, in view of their past close relationship, reaching a settlement in private to avoid a full tribunal hearing.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 9, 2011
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