// Arcadia staff have signed up to claim compensation after being made redundant
// Aticus Law has at least 150 potential claimants lined up
// Simpson Millar already has 10 claimants lined up from across Arcadia Group
// Up to 12,000 people are set to lose their jobs at the group
Hundreds of former Arcadia staff have signed up to law firms to claim compensation after being made redundant following the break up of the empire.
Aticus Law has at least 150 potential claimants lined up, while Simpson Millar already has 10 claimants lined up from across Arcadia Group.
Up to 12,000 people are set to lose their jobs at the group after Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Burton and Dorothy Perkins, were sold off to online specialists Asos and Boohoo – but stores were not part of the deal.
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Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group fell into administration in November 2020, putting 13,000 jobs and over 400 shops at risk.
Shopworkers union Usdaw said it was consulting with members and would consider seeking compensation for those affected.
The union is already backing a similar claim for former Debenhams workers since Boohoo bought the brand but not its stores.
There is a legal duty to consult collectively with staff in shops or other locations where more than 20 redundancies are made. Workers who were not properly consulted are entitled to a “protective award” of up to 90 days’ wages, capped at £4353 each.
Deloitte, which is handling the administration of Arcadia, said it would be “inappropriate” for it to comment on the employee consultation process, but it recognises that “it is a very difficult time for all those impacted by the administration”.