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How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, represented a client in settlement agreement negotiations and secured the client £30,000 tax-free ex-gratia compensation and a reference.

Situation

Sam (not her real name) had worked as the head of a department for a large construction firm for five years and took a period of maternity leave in June 2015, intending to take a year’s maternity leave and return in June 2016. In Sam’s absence one of her team members, Mark (not his real name), was appointed to provide maternity cover for her position.

In December 2015 Sam decided that she’d like to return to work early and emailed the Human Resources department at her employer to ask whether she could do so. There was a meeting with Human Resources in January 2016 and at this meeting an early return to work was discussed, as was the possibility of Sam returning to work on a flexible working pattern.

In early February 2016 Sam spoke to Anna (not her real name), a colleague of hers. Anna informed Sam that she had heard that Sam was returning to work but not as the head of her department. Sam found this a shock. The next day a member of the Human Resources team emailed Sam to inform her that she was being offered the chance to return to work but not as the head of the department, and was offered a new role in a new team. Sam emailed back to inform Human Resources that she didn’t believe the post she was being offered was suitable as it involved an effective demotion and a reduction in her responsibilities.

Sam then spoke to her line manager in mid-February 2016 in a telephone conversation. In this telephone conversation Sam was informed that her line manager would prefer Mark to undertake the position he had been covering from Sam on a permanent basis and confirmed that Sam would not be returning to her previous position as head of department. A meeting was then held between Sam and her line manager in which Sam was informed that she would not be returning to her position as head of department and that Mark would take over her job.

What we did

When Sam contacted the employment team in our Richmond office she was anxious and stressed. Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, handled Sam’s matter.

Chris explained to Sam that her employer’s actions constituted pregnancy and maternity discrimination and a breach of Regulation 18(3) of the Maternity and Paternity Leave Regulations 1999. He also informed Sam that she may have a potential claim for constructive dismissal (as well as automatic unfair dismissal) and that she should send a formal grievance letter to her employers to set out her complaints.

Chris helped Sam draft a formal grievance letter setting out her complaints and also drafted a ‘without prejudice’ letter to the company setting out what her potential claims against the organisation were and that Sam required the payment of her notice in lieu, a reference, and a tax-free £30,000 sum to settle her claims.

The result

Sam’s employer agreed to settle her claims and pay her a sum in respect of her notice, a £30,000 tax-free ex-gratia payment, and provide prospective employers with an agreed reference in the future. Sam’s employer also agreed to cover the entirety of her legal fees and to make an agreed announcement as to why Sam had left the organisation.

About

Redmans Employment Team deal with employment matters for both employers and employees, including drafting employment contracts and policies, advising employers and employees on compromise agreements, handling day-to-day HR issues, advising on restructures, and handling Employment Tribunal cases for both employers and employees Call 020 3397 3603 to speak to one of the members of our employment team or email us on enquiries@redmans.co.uk. Redmans have offices in Richmond, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kingston, Wimbledon, Ealing, Kings Cross and Marylebone (meetings strictly by appointment only).

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Testimonials

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Anonymous

The guidance and assistance I recently received when using Redman's was fantastic. Caroline & Chris were both very informative and understanding walking me through each step. Thank you.

Posted 1 day ago

Nicola W

Fantastic service, very quick and efficient. Thank you

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Anonymous

Excellent professional service.

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Anonymous

As with All solicitors advice without consequence but understood and communicated my legal position

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Anonymous

Prompt, professional and excellent service.

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Dominic C

Excellent service, prompt and helpful

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

I found Redman’s to be very efficient and got me the best deal available in the short time scale that was available.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Victor L

Very professional. Provided excellent advice on my Settlement agreement.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Professional from start to finish.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Oliver W

Excellent service provided by Redmans, will certainly consider using again.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Melanie H

Very professional and extremely personable service. Thank you very much.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

I found Chris to be very approachable and easy to speak with about complex matters. He took action quickly and his updates to me, as his client, were prompt. I would recommend Chris and the team at Redmans without hesitation.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Good advice

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Overall happy with the service provided by Chris and Rana.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Chris and Rana provide a great service, very informed, diligent and care about your result, would recommend Redmans

Posted 1 month ago

David W

A speedy efficient friendly service, I would definitely recommend Redmans Solicitors for processing Settlement Agreements.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Both Rana and Chris were fantastic. From the first phone call I was confident my matter was in good hands. I was not disappointed. I would highly recommend Redmans. Thank you again for all of your support and advice.

Posted 1 month ago

Federico S

Great advices and communication. Through Redmana I obtained match more than what I thought. Highly recommended

Posted 1 month ago

Tom G

A good and efficient service with the required legal advice provided for a settlement agreement.

Posted 1 month ago

Francis T

The solicitor I used was Chris Hadrill, who I found extremely professional and I felt that he made me feel at ease, considering the subject matter he was assisting me with.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Chris provided excellent assistance with the negotiation of my settlement agreement. From start to finish, I was consitently updated and advised on the best course of action to take. I would highly recommend Chris and Redmans Solicitors.

Posted 1 month ago