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    Anyone know how you can claim back wages if the law firm which employed you is closed down?

    I worked for a law firm in Stevenage hertfordshire, and the solicitors regulation authority started a forensic investigation, regarding the accounts, in early November. My employer who was a sole practitioner asked me to continue working whilst the SRA investigated, which I stupidly did, at this point I was already owed Octobers wages. The SRA made the decision to intervene and close the firm down in December, thus meaning I am owed two months pay. My employer now has bankruptcy proceedings being made against him, but he is a wide boy and is likely to wangle it so he is not made bankrupt, by shifting the blame onto salary partners, and making them liable. I really need to know how I can claim my salary back. Any ideas will be much appreciated.

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    There is government schemes in place to protect works of companies that go bankrupt. Whilst you may not get the full amount owed you might get something. Take a look here: gov.uk/you…you

    It happened to me about ten years ago so things may have well changed since.

    It might take a while. The SRA seems to have put a lot of solicitors into intervention recently!

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    ipswich78

    There is government schemes in place to protect works of companies that … There is government schemes in place to protect works of companies that go bankrupt. Whilst you may not get the full amount owed you might get something. Take a look here: https://www.gov.uk/your-rights-if-your-employer-is-insolvent/claiming-money-owed-to-youIt happened to me about ten years ago so things may have well changed since.



    Thank you for your reply. I phoned them earlier today after being given the number by the SRA and they have advised that unless my employer is officially made bankrupt there is nothing they can do. He is a real rubbish boss as he won't even provide any of us with p45's. An agent took him to the small claims court before the SRA closed us down, and he was ordered to pay the £3000 owed. His answer simply was who is going to enforce the order!!!!!

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    sreddar

    It might take a while. The SRA seems to have put a lot of solicitors into … It might take a while. The SRA seems to have put a lot of solicitors into intervention recently!



    I noticed that. Our firm was intervened because Legal Aid money paid into client account and then taken back out of client account to pay debts....every business person knows client account is not for personal use.

    sarahgooch1

    Thank you for your reply. I phoned them earlier today after being given … Thank you for your reply. I phoned them earlier today after being given the number by the SRA and they have advised that unless my employer is officially made bankrupt there is nothing they can do. He is a real rubbish boss as he won't even provide any of us with p45's. An agent took him to the small claims court before the SRA closed us down, and he was ordered to pay the £3000 owed. His answer simply was who is going to enforce the order!!!!!



    Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Not really sure what else I can offer apart from the above - based on what you have said make sure you keep in touch in regards to updates on the case. Once he is made insolvent you may have a case. You could try the Citizens Advice Bureau but in my experience they aren't really much use with the exception of very simple queries.

    Another option is to get a new job with another solicitor and ask them for advice? Or, you can often get a free hour of advice from solicitors who might be better placed to assist?

    You might find a larger audience of law savvy experts on moneysavingexpert.

    You should lodge an employment tribunal claim if the latest payment of wages you were due was less than three months ago. Make a claim for unlawful deduction of wages and you can do this online firstly through acas early conciliation service (you must do this first) and then lodge the ET claim. Liability passes on when businesses close but whether this is to administrator's or someone else I couldn't say. This is the best bet to seek the whole amount as compensation.
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