Thank you very much for clarifying. First of all, I am sorry to hear about the issues brought up by this. It must be a frustrating situation to go be going through.
Under normal circumstances, this would be a redundancy situation. According to Section 139 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, redundancy occurs if a dismissal is wholly or mainly attributable to one of the following circumstances:
1. Business closure – the whole of the employer’s business is closed
2. Workplace closure – closure or relocation of the actual workplace where the employee worked
3. Reduced requirement for employees to carry out work of a particular kind
Generally, redundancy occurs when an employer decides to reduce the number of its employees, either within the business as a whole, or within a particular site, business unit, function or job role. There are various reasons why this may happen, such as economic pressure, changes in the nature of products/services offered, internal reorganisation, workplace relocation, etc.
However, when it comes to rights on redundancy and receiving redundancy pay, these only apply to employees. Therefore, if you are genuinely self-employed, you do not have the legal right to receive any redundancy pay, even if this was a redundancy situation.