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How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, represented a client in an Employment Tribunal claim and secured the client £11,000 tax-free ex-gratia compensation and a reference through a COT3 agreement (a form of settlement agreement).

Situation

Isaac (not his real name) worked as a customer service agent in a large communications firm, starting work in 2011. In 2014 Isaac complained that he believed that he wasn’t being treated equally to other employees as he had not been provided with an updated contract of employment. He felt that the firm did not respond sufficiently well to his complaints and made a further allegation that he was being discriminated against by the firm because of his race. The firm did not deal with this complaint and dismissed Isaac a month after his complaint about discrimination, alleging that he had been performing poorly at work. Isaac was surprised by this, as he had been given no notice of any poor performance, had not been given an opportunity to improve any alleged underperformance, and there was no capability process undertaken. He appealed against his dismissal but the firm failed to respond to his appeal.

What we did

When Isaac contacted the employment team in our Richmond office he was upset and stressed about losing his job. Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, handled Isaacs’s matter.

Chris explained to Isaac that he had strong prospects of success with an unfair dismissal claim, as his employer had failed to carry out a proper procedure when dismissing him (including a complete failure to carry out any form of capability process and to respond to his appeal). Chris also explained to Isaac that he may have a claim for victimisation, as it appeared that the firm had only taken steps to dismiss Isaac when they became aware that he had complained that he was being discriminated against.

Chris took Isaac’s case on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning that Isaac would not have to pay large legal fees if he didn’t lose the case, and would only pay a proportion of any damages if he won the case. He represented Isaac throughout his matter, issuing his claim, attending preliminary hearings, and engaging in settlement negotiations with the firm.

The result

Isaac’s previous employer agreed to settle Isaac’s claims for unfair dismissal and victimisation for the sum of £11,000, and also agreed to provide to Isaac with an agreed form of reference for prospective employers.

Chris Hadrill, the solicitor who represented Isaac in his case, commented on the matter: “Although this case didn’t go all the way to a full merits hearing in the Employment Tribunal, I’m confident that – weighing up the risks and rewards of litigation properly – the right decision was made to settle the case, and my client can now proceed with his life again.”

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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

I requested Redmans services on a redundancy case. Both Chris and Rana were great, thoughtful, very professional and responded quickly. They were very clear throughout the entire process, regarding the process and my options and I couldn't feel I had better legal advice for my case. Overall excellent service and I would certainly recommend and use their services again.

Posted 1 day ago

Anonymous

Responsive, patient, thorough and personable - an excellent service.

Posted 5 days ago

Anonymous

The team at Redmans, Chris Hadrill and Sacha Barrett were always very helpful and had expert knowledge to assist me during my employment law matter, I would not hesitate to recommend them to all!

Posted 5 days ago

Arun T

Chris was punctual, attentive and accurate. He answered my questions with clarity and avoided dubiosity. I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice within his remit.

Posted 6 days ago

Yulian Z

Great service

Posted 6 days ago

Anonymous

Excellent, professional service and a speedy resolution. Many thanks

Posted 6 days ago

Taral P

Sacha and Chris were both very helpful in closing out my matter. Sacha was very clear in helping me understanding the documents I needed reviewing, providing a professional service throughout.

Posted 6 days ago

Anonymous

Really pleased with the swift and professional service from Redmans. They provided very clear advice and helped conclude my matter with the minimum of stress or delay.

Posted 6 days ago

Matthew L

Redmans were very quick to respond to my initial enquiry, and provided me with a very effective and efficient service, generating a most satisfactory outcome. I would definitely use them again if the need arose.

Posted 6 days ago

Anonymous

First rate service. Warm and friendly whilst exceptionally efficient at the same time. I would highly recommend them.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Professional and helpful. Thorough and supportive.

Posted 1 week ago

Richard A

Excellent service, prompt replies, great advice

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Very professional services

Posted 1 week ago

Margaret

Redmans Solicitors took a lot of the worry away and were very thoughtful and meticulous in their dealings with my case , thank you very mush , great service and a great job

Posted 1 month ago

Mark B

Prompt efficient service. Hourly, and part thereof, billing got a bit stressful at times - as opposed to flat fee - made me think twice about sending an email or making a quick call when I had a query because it would have eaten up minutes from my budget. But happy with the legal service I received overall and would recommend.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Chris Hadrill has provided a truly wonderful service and was willing to lend his support and expertise at a time when other solicitors, only wanted to discuss their fees! A clear thinking and down to earth professional, Chris can be trusted to listen carefully to your matter, cut through the fog, and advise you on the best (and most realistic) way forward, saving you time, money and heartache. It will be helpful if you first get your ducks in a row in terms of documents / evidence etc. and then contact Chris, (that’s what we did) as this will help your matter to be dealt with faster. The more organised and together you are the more successful you will be. You'll be fine with Chris, I highly recommend him. Good luck!

Posted 1 month ago

Richard v

Excellent Service

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Very happy from service received. Highly recommend

Posted 1 month ago

Colin W

Very professional and thorough. Sachs who dealt with the bulk of my case was excellent Thank you. .

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

I was generally impressed with the fast turn around, efficiency, responsiveness, and consideration of circumstances. I needed a couple of areas of advice quickly and with Redmans help was able to get to a conclusion quickly and with minimum stress. They were friendly and professional throughout - I'd use them again.

Posted 1 month ago

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 2 months ago