Hi there, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. It’s a tricky situation as your rights in the first 2 years as somewhat limited. Most importantly, you will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that your employer can dismiss you for more or less any reason, and without following a fair procedure, as long as the decision is not based on a reason which makes a dismissal automatically unfair. These include:
- Discrimination due to a protected characteristic (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc.)
- Taking, or trying to take, leave for family reasons including pregnancy, maternity/paternity leave, parental leave, adoption leave or leave for dependants
However, if the dismissal had nothing to do with any of the above exceptions, you would not be able to challenge it. In that case your only protection would be if you were dismissed in breach of contract. That would usually happen if you were not paid any contractual notice period due to you (unless you were dismissed for gross misconduct, where no notice would be due). If you did not have a written contract in place you would be entitled to the minimum statutory notice period of 1 week. The employer would either have to allow you to work that notice period and pay you as normal, or they instead have to pay you in lieu of notice, where you are paid for the equivalent of the notice pay but your employment is terminated immediately.
So they can legally dismiss you simply by paying you the notice period due. Any extra compensation on top of that would only be possible if they had deliberately misled you into joining them. However, if it is a case of things simply not working out rather than a deliberate misrepresentation on their part where they clearly lied about your job, it will be difficult to claim. There is nothing stopping you from approaching them and asking for more but if they refuse you have to go to court and make a claim and prove all these deceptions, which in the circumstances will be difficult and risky.
Does this answer your query?