STAFF affected by the collapse of a Halesowen firm are taking taking legal action and could be in line for more than £4k amidst allegations it failed to properly consult employees during the redundancy process.

News that P&R Morson & Co Ltd, on Coombs Wood Way, had collapsed initially broke in July, with reports suggesting that it had debts estimated to be in excess of £4m.

Law firm Simpson Millar has been contacted by several former workers – including some who had been based in Birmingham, West Yorkshire, Dudley and Leicester - who claim they were not consulted over the job losses.

Its specialist employment team has now begun investigations into whether a Protective Award can be secured for those affected and has launched an eligibility checker so that people can see if they could claim. Where an Employment Tribunal finds in the favour of the employees, they will be able to access the funds of up to £4,568 via the Government Insolvency Service.

The firm has also urged those affected to take action if they too would like to be involved in the legal action, as ex-employees have just three months less one day from when they were made redundant to claim.

Anita North, employment law expert at Simpson Millar, said: “We have spoken to a growing number of people who have been directly affected as a result of job losses at P&R Morson & Company, and are in the early stages of investigating whether more should have done to consult with staff.

“We are currently in touch with a handful of people, but if anyone else would also like to speak to us as about securing a protective award we would urge them to reach out soon as there is a limited window of opportunity to file a claim."