Max Lansman acts pro bono in successful employment claim

21 July 2023

Max Lansman, with a team from Stephenson Harwood LLP who volunteered  through LawWorks, acted for a former nanny/housekeeper to a TV producer and his wife. Max’s client successfully claimed against her ex-employers for wrongful dismissal and unlawful deductions of pay. She was awarded nearly £5000 by the employment tribunal.

Background to the case

G, whose first language is not English, had been working for the family for two months when she was dismissed without notice and underpaid.

When she complained, the respondents threatened to malign her to prominent contacts of theirs and denied that she had been an employee.

After the two-day trial in which Max represented her, the tribunal found:

  • the claimant was an employee
  • she had been wrongfully dismissed
  • the respondents had unlawfully deducted holiday pay, overtime and other pay from her.

The tribunal awarded her a total of £4,679.89.

The claimant’s friend who assisted her throughout the proceedings told Max and the Stephenson Harwood team:

“We simply can’t thank you enough - absolutely buzzing, and [G] is so so pleased. We appreciate all the hard work and the time that went into this. You’re all simply amazing. Couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Max acted as a volunteer for Law Works, through a referral by Pro Bono Connect.