122 Reviews
  • P Godfrey

    Many thanks to Anita and all the staff at Versuslaw, they made my flight compensation claim for delay a breeze. I would highly recommend them

  • G Ryder

    The service and advise that we received from Versuslaw was exceptional. We had numerous issues with the house that we were buying and the team at Versus law guided us through the process whilst always looking out for our best interest.They were always prompt in responding to any question that we had and would update us on a regular basis. Thanks again to Nicola, Nick and Francine

  • Mark

    Excellent, professional and friendly work from Nick, Nicola and Natalie. They were flexible and very helpful in pushing along the sale despite several hurdles. Would definitely use again in future and would recommend others do so too

  • C Keen

    Absolutely superb service from Nicola Nolan. Highly trust and recommend. Honest attention to detail.

  • V Griffith

    We would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to Saqib Kazam versuslaw
    Once he took our case in for Holiday compensation He kept us up to date with every thing explaining every step he took this was not an easy case but he got us an excellent result a kind polite very professional young man. Highly recommend

  • J Williams

    From the moment we rung Versus Law and spoke to the receptionist on the phone to the moment we completed on our first home, Versus Law were excellent. Our solicitor was Tom and not only did he keep us updated every step of the way but he was very professional, efficient, offered valuable advice and made the process of buying a house stress free. We couldn’t recommend Versus Law enough and we just wanted to say a huge thank you to Tom and the team. Joe and Kara

  • S Foster

    Sarah handled my claim quickly and efficiently. It made the whole process easy and stress free. She was very professional and kept me informed every step. I would highly recommend Versuslaw.

  • H Cooper

    We would highly recommend Versus law, especially Nick Wintrip (selling) and Nicola Nolan (buying). They both kept us up to date throughout the whole process. They were easy to get hold of and were very prompt to answer any questions/email. We would have no hesitation in recommending Versus law for conveyancing.

  • I Asaf

    Fantastic service, very helpful and kept me informed at every stage

  • M Long

    From start to finish Versus Law have been professional and helpful. Tom Reid was always available to talk to us and gave us updates regularly meaning we did not have to constantly chase up matters. We are very happy by the service and would recommend to anyone looking for a reliable solicitor.

  • Jill T

    Excellent service. I was kept informed every step of the way. Natalie Moylan and Renee Burke were a pleasure to work with. Highly professional but with a personal touch. They both went above and beyond!

  • Danielle

    Excellent service from start to finish from Nicola and Natalie! Super responsive to emails and all my questions as a first time single buyer. Natalie and Nicola make a great team and are so approachable. Definitely recommend them for property related legal services.

  • Frankie

    Really happy with my experience using versus law, from start to finish they put my mind at ease as I wasn’t buying a house in the normal way, it was through a family divorce and there were time scales and dead lines to meet, versus law managed to conker my mortgage and speed things up to avoid any extra costs, nicola was always there to ease my mind when I had any concerns as things do get stressful whilst purchasing a property, the ladies on the reception we also a delight and couldn’t do more to make you feel comfortable in any situation, if you are thinking of using versus law to assist you through your mortgage then look no further as these guys couldn’t have done more for me, I couldn’t have been happier with my experience

  • Matt W

    Nicola Nolan’s conveyancing service has always been excellent, I have used them several times in the last 5 years. In particular for my business I have found their relationship and understanding of Paragon Bank to be very useful. I would highly recommend.

  • Kay

    Excellent decision to go with Versus Law! Nick Wintrip handled the very stressful job of our house sale with professionalism, calmness and a good sense of humour. We did everything via email, phone and post, and he was always quick in responding and keeping me updated every step of the way. Very competitively priced too. I would highly recommend Versus Law without the slightest hesitation.

  • O Li

    Thomas Reid dealt with the sale and purchase of our properties. He was a pleasure to work with – very quick to respond to queries and very efficient in his work. As a result, the process went very smoothly with minimal delays. I would highly recommend competitively priced Versus Law and especially the professionalism of Thomas Reid.

  • Mr RS

    Natalie Moylan dealt with the sale and purchase on my behalf. The whole process was very well handled with constant updates. The first solicitors I’ve used that’s responds within to an email within an hour! Would 100% use again!!!

  • Mrs LC

    Recently dealt with Nick Wintrip at Versus law when selling my property. Found him to be professional, quick and thorough. Process went smoothly and I was well informed throughout the process. I received regular updates and all enquiries were dealt with efficiently. Nick made the whole process of selling my home stress free and a happy one! Your the best Nick – thank you again 🙂
    Will highly recommend Versus Law Solicitors. They are the best

  • Jaxx

    Would recommend Versus Law for conveyancing; Nick and Natalie we’re our team with Nick the main contact, thank you Nick and Natalie for making the conveyancing experience as stress free as possible.

  • Paula

    Great experience working with Versus Law. Excellent level of professionalism from Thomas Reid who provided clear, precise information. Highly recommended from my side. Thanks to Tom and the team.

  • D

    Fantastic experience with Natalie and her colleagues. Email updates throughout the home buying process, estimates of how long it would take to get her work completed and local knowledge which speeded up the process. 100% recommended.

  • R Napier

    Really good and really helpful got things sorted alot quicker than anticipated very cooperative

  • Wetherill

    What an outstanding team they turned my purchase around within the set time frame and very professional at all times.
    They went above and beyond reassured myself throughout the process.
    As being a first time buyer I felt this was most important I would recommend them highly.

  • Nasir

    Versus Law dealt with my house sale from start to finish in a most professional manner. A friendly, professional, competent team who get the job done within the time parameters. I highly recommend this firm.

  • Colin and Yvonne

    Absolutely brilliant service as always.
    This is the third time using Versuslaw and they never fail to impress. Natalie and Nicola are real diamonds and you really get the sense that they actually care about you.

    We actually live in London, but continued to use them for our London property because of our previous experience with them.
    Thank you guys, would highly recommend you to anyone.

  • B Man

    Excellent service!!! We are really happy with the service VersusLaw provided to us. Being first time buyer, we dint have much idea about the whole process and had lots of questions. They have given proper and clear response on time to everything we have requested. For us, one of the property got cancelled in between the process because the owner decided to not to sell that property few days after accepting our offer. Though there were searches and procedures done already for that property VersusLaw did not ask Fee for that purchase as they understood the difficult situation we were in. When we found our next property, we had no doubt whom to contact. We are really happy and totally satisfied by the service Nicola, Natalie and their team offered. We will highly recommend your service to anyone,

  • Ross Grant

    Today I have completed on the purchase of my very first apartment, and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the INCREDIBLE knowledge, guidance and GENUINE care of Nicola, Natalie, and the entire Versus Law team.

    This purchase was far from straightforward, with lots of potential pitfalls – all navigated with professionalism, patience and an impeccable attention to detail by Nicola.

    Nic went well above and beyond the call of duty to look into some extremely complex accounts and repair budgets to the apartment block in question – something I would have completely overlooked.

    As a result, with her guidance, I managed to negotiate a £2,000 reduction in asking price – something I’m sure other solicitors would have let slip through the net.

    That’s a genuine £2000 saving – a lot of money for a first-time buyer.

    You get a real sense that these guys actually CARE – they make you feel more like a friend, than a client – and don’t leave a stone unturned when it comes to conveyancing. If there is anything to uncover on a property, trust me, Nicola will find it!

    In essence, Versus Law made what could have been a rather stressful situation, easy and straightforward.

    Communications and response times were brilliant, with daily updates coming via phone and email – and I never felt rushed by anyone when I had queries.

    I honestly cannot recommend Versus Law enough.

    I’m going to pick up the keys to my apartment now – and won’t be using anyone other than these guys for all future property purchases/ sales.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH Versus Law – I’ll be raising a glass of champagne to you all at the housewarming! 🙂

  • CW

    Great service provided by Nicola and her team.
    Always communicating with updates for the completion of my property.
    Would highly recommend

  • Jackie

    I used Versus Law to buy my first house. Had no idea how it worked but I must say that the conveyancing team held my hand all the way through. On the day of completion there was a delay and they stayed in office late to ensure it went through so I wasn’t waiting over the weekend. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Versus Law and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. It was nice to speak to people who I felt cared for me and put my interests first at all times. Thank you so much for your help

  • Andy

    Versus were great to deal with when they provided the conveyancing for my house purchase. I was able to complete the process without needing to physically travel to their offices and my solicitor was always available for any questions when I was completing all the paperwork. Everyone was very friendly to speak to.

  • T Baguley

    Fantastic conveyancing service from Nicola and Natalie, they kept on top of everything from start to finish and were always available whenever we had questions. I’d be happy to recommend them to anyone.

  • David JC

    Very impressed with every aspect of Versus Law, from service they provide to the attitude of the staff. Always called back when they said they would and had a laugh with them too. Will definately use again (if I need to).

  • Mrs Morris

    I would recommend Versus Law to anyone, particularly Nick Wintrip, who looked after us extremely well. They are very efficient and communicated with us fully at all times. We were able to contact them by phone and e mail and did not need to rely on letter going back and forth. Nick is really friendly too and put us at ease throughout the end to end sales process. Thank you.

  • Tanita

    Nicola and Natalie did a wonderful job. They were friendly and patient. Answered my many many questions and got the job done very efficiently. I am highly impressed and would definitely recommend them.

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Constructive Dismissal


If you feel that you have been forced to resign from work due to unfair treatment by your employer, then you may have a claim for constructive dismissal in an Employment Tribunal.

Constructive dismissal is a complicated area, but in situations where the employer is willing to engage, it enables you as an employee to negotiate a decent settlement agreement without the need to go to court.

What is constructive dismissal?

Constructive dismissal is a type of unfair dismissal, the difference being that in constructive dismissal the employee feels forced to resign, rather than being formally dismissed by their employer.

Anything that involves making your working life so difficult to bear that you feel you have no option but to leave could constitute constructive dismissal.

Generally, an employee who resigns will have no claim for wrongful dismissal because it was them and not the employer who terminated the contract of employment. However, if your employer has breached a ‘fundamental’ term of your contract of employment and you resign in response to that breach, then you may have a claim of constructive unfair dismissal.

What would be a fundamental breach?

It is extremely difficult to succeed in winning a claim of constructive dismissal in an Employment Tribunal as it is not sufficient that your employer acted ‘unreasonably’. This is because judges believe that only extreme circumstances could make someone leave their employment.

Another difficulty is if the judge deems an employee to have accepted the employer’s misconduct by leaving it too late to resign as by doing so you accepted the mistreatment.

Therefore in order to bring a claim, there should be evidence that your employer acted in a manner that destroyed the employment relationship and that usually entails a breach in the terms of the employment contract, thus enabling you to resign with immediate effect.

A contract of employment may include both express and implied contractual terms.

Express terms are set out in writing or can be by verbal agreement, whereas Implied terms are those implied by law, even if not set out in writing or by verbal agreement.

Many successful constructive dismissal claims are brought on the basis that an implied term of the contract has been breached by the employer, such as:

  • Duty to take reasonable care of employees health and safety
  • Duty of mutual trust and confidence
  • Duty not to treat an employee in an arbitrary, capricious or inequitable manner

If you believe that your employer has fundamentally breached your contract of employment, then you must act quickly, because if you stay in your employment following the incident upon which you intend to rely upon, then it is highly likely that your employer will argue that you accepted the treatment and breach by not acting immediately and therefore the resignation will not amount to constructive dismissal.

Who can bring a claim for constructive unfair dismissal?

You can bring a claim for constructive unfair dismissal in the employment tribunal if you satisfy the following:

  1. As with unfair dismissal, you will need to have been an employee and employed by the same employer for at least two years in order to bring a claim.
  2. You resigned soon after and in response to a fundamental breach of your contract of employment by your employer

Unfortunately, before the two years service, it is very easy for your employer to dismiss you or constructively dismiss you with no legal consequence, even if it feels blatantly unfair.

There are some exceptions where 2 years of continuous employment is not needed in order to bring a claim for constructive unfair dismissal, such as:

  • Whistleblowing, where you have revealed some sort of malpractice and you have been victimised for doing so
  • Discrimination on grounds of age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy sexual orientation or other types
  • Breach of Contract of Employment

 How to start a case for constructive dismissal compensation

The employee needs to make the first move, as your employer may not be aware of the situation, or if they are, they probably won’t have a protected conversation with you. They will probably try to keep the situation calm and hope that with the passage of time any claim you may have will fade away.

Employers do try to ‘manage out’ employees by disciplining on trivial matters, or implementing performance reviews, so that they may avoid having to pay out with a settlement agreement. This is an underhand tactic that is commonly used by employers to avoid their responsibilities to their employees and the difficulty is in proving it, as the employer will argue that the employee resigned of their own accord and that no dismissal took place. You must always think carefully before resigning from your employment as it is a difficult decision that only you, and no-one else, can make.

A without prejudice letter will need to be put together which sets out the fundamental breaches of contract, be it one big breach or a series of separate breaches that together make a breach of trust and confidence. You are trying to prove that your employer has breached your contract to the extent that they have effectively dismissed you so the letter must set this out clearly with reference to any evidence that you may have collected.

Negotiating settlement in constructive dismissal cases

Technically, you have the right to sue for constructive dismissal once you have resigned. However, in your without prejudice letter you will be telling your employer that you have a case for constructive dismissal and should they not resolve it now to your satisfaction, then you will resign and sue them.

If your employer calls your bluff and refuses to engage, then you will have to either return to work or resign. Therefore it is essential that you time your letter right to coincide with the worst breach of contract, or at the end of a series of breaches. You also cannot leave it too long after the last breach of contract to write to your employer, or to resign.

Timing your action

In a case where your employer has committed a sole and fundamental breach of contract, for example, they have failed to pay you in the terms of the contract, then you should act as soon as possible, as you have the fundamental breach and there is no merit in waiting before commencing negotiations.

In a situation where there have been lots of minor breaches together adding up to a fundamental breach of trust and confidence, you have to use your judgment more. You will not have a potential claim after the first minor breach; therefore we advise that once there is a pattern of minor breaches that when taken together appear to be serious, that is the time to start negotiating for a decent payout.

If you think more breaches will be committed by your employer then wait in order to strengthen your claim, but it is advisable that you wait no more than two months from the last incident before starting negotiations.

After three months there is a risk that if you have not resigned, a judge could decide that you have accepted the behaviour and you could lose any case you brought, which means that your negotiating position has been weakened from the start.

 How much should I be getting for my constructive dismissal settlement?

This depends on the circumstances, but the compensation for successful constructive dismissal claims is worked out in the same way as compensation for unfair dismissal. It is essentially the amount of money you lost due to being out of work after you had to leave the job. There is a cap of one year’s salary or £86,444 whichever is lower.

You will need to provide records of your efforts to find another job since leaving.

Try our settlement calculator to get an idea of what you should be looking to recover.

 What should I do next?

If you feel that you have a claim for constructive dismissal please complete the enquiry form or call us on 0161 249 5087 and we will be happy to discuss your options and settlement options and/or guide you through the process of making a constructive dismissal claim.

We appreciate that this is often a difficult time and we offer a range of funding options to assist you.

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Nicola and her team did a great job of sorting out my remortgyage I was kept informed of the process throughout and I never once had to call Nicola!.. I will be using Versus Law again … thank you Nicola, Natalie and Nick for everything

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