Hello Ben, thanks for such a speedy response. Yes, of course I do have evidence of what I was promised. The situation was as follows: when I received my contract along with my offer letter in August 2013 I was not quite happy with the salary and informed the CEO of the division of this fact. The CEO wrote me an email, into which the payroll manager and talent manager were CC'ed. This is the email:
Szymon just so you know, your offer is fine, I am not concerned with references, I know you are a star and a good guy! We need you here.
I will put your pay up after 3 months to £28k and there are bonuses on completion of sites and on trading performance of your sites. I will review your pay again after a further 3 months.
Jasse please can you take this one on, we have missed you here!
Do you need any help with accommodation for those first two weeks?
I am very much looking forward to you joining.
Am I right in thinking this email is by all means binding?
Am ready to answer any other question you might have and am looking forward to hearing from you again.
Once more many thanks indeed for your effort - this confirms my inexpert hunches.
Thanks for warning me that I am not protected against unfair dismissal. The reason why I waited so long before I dared to breach this subject was precisely the fear of dismissal - but now I have pretty much made the decision to leave the company anyway and so am not afraid of any consequences of this sort any more.
Just the final last question. I am not British and so I am not terribly well familiar with the British legal system. Assuming that my employer remains deaf to my argumentation how high are the chances of my winning a litigation against them in a court? It's quite a lot of money and I am not going to give up on it just like that.
Also today in response to my queries I received a letter stating my salary is finally increased to 28k starting with May 2015, but I haven't signed that letter yet.
If I do can it be later used by them as proof that I relinquish any claims to the outstanding salary?
Thanks again for your advice-I will give you maximum rating!:)
Good evening Ben - just the last question (I have already given you excellent rating),
I understand it is sufficient if I continue to communicate with them via emails? If an offer made via email is considered valid then I guess all other email correspondence is also valid - should we end up in court, which seems more and more likely?