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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, represented a client in a case of bullying and harassment in the workplace, securing a settlement of almost £100,000 for the client.

Situation

Tessa (not her real name) worked for an energy company. She suffered from a number of mental impairments (including bipolar disorder) and became unhappy at work after perceiving that she was being bullied and harassed by her colleagues because of issues caused by her mental health impairments – this included a failure to adjust their expectations and attitude towards her (to account for her mental health impairments), complaints being made when Tessa took medication at her desk, and failing to deal with Tessa fairly when she suffered a bipolar disorder relapse.

Tessa was extremely concerned with the organisation’s conduct and contacted Redmans to see if she could obtain some specialist legal help. She spoke to Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans, as well as Sacha Barrett (Senior Associate in the employment team).

What we did

When Tessa contacted the employment team at Redmans she wanted to see what could be done about her situation at work – she was incredibly stressed by the organisation’s conduct towards her and wanted to see how the situation could be remedied. Tessa was convinced that the only option available to her was to leave the organisation so that she could remove herself from what she found to be a toxic environment.

Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans, discussed Tessa’s matter with her and helped her with her case.

Chris explained to Tessa that the bulling conduct that she had been subjected to could form the basis for a constructive dismissal claim, and that the organisation’s conduct towards her relevant to her mental health impairments could constitute disability-related harassment, a failure to make reasonable adjustments, and discrimination arising from disability.

Chris and Sacha helped Tessa to draft a letter of complaint (also known as a grievance letter) setting out her concerns regarding the conduct that she had been subjected to. Chris and Sacha also drafted a formal letter from Redmans to Tessa’s employer (a ‘without prejudice’ settlement letter) setting out Tessa’s potential claims and the value of settlement that Tessa was seeking in order to settle her claims (as well as various other benefits such as the payment of her legal costs and the provision of a reference by the organisation to a prospective employer).

The result

After a short period of negotiation spanning over a number of months with the business it was agreed that Tessa would be given a confidential settlement package, including the payment of her notice pay, an ex-gratia (tax-free) payment of almost £80,000, a substantial sum in respect of accrued but untaken holiday,  mutual confidentiality clauses, the payment of a substantial sum towards Tessa’s legal costs, and the provision of an agreed reference by Tessa’s employers after she left. Settlement agreement terms were subsequently agreed and signed between Tessa and her employer.

Chris Hadrill, the partner at Redmans who assisted Tessa with her case, commented: “If employers bully and harass employees in the workplace then they potentially face time-consuming and expensive Employment Tribunal claims from the relevant employees. In this case, Tessa’s employer failed to carefully consider the impact of her bipolar disorder on her ability to undertake day-to-day activities in the workplace, and she was also subject to unnecessary and discriminatory comments regarding her taking medication in the workplace. Although settlement terms were agreed with her employer, Tessa should not have been subjected to this conduct in the first place.”

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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    Sue W

    The people at Redmans talk to you with respect and make you feel like they take your situation personal. They clearly care and are extremely professional. I have recommended Redmans to many people.

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    Anonymous

    Redmans Solicitors were consistently prompt, efficient and professional from the start of my reaching out to them for support in relation to contentious negotiations of an employment matter that continued for almost two months resulting in a positive settlement agreement. Chris Hadrill was diligent, thorough, empathetic and objective in his advice and guidance, showing deep and broad knowledge of the law and legal processes plus extensive practical experience in handling complex matters, resulting in clear and pragmatic advice in ambiguous circumstances that resulted in a very good outcome. I fully recommend Chris Hadrill and Redmans Solicitors! I have made this review anonymous purely because of the confidentiality obligations in the settlement agreement concluded.

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    Redmans Solicitors were extremely professional and helpful! Chris Hadrill handled my case and was an amazing help! His guidance, advice and understanding to my redundancy settlement were always clear, concise and very helpful and I am very grateful to him, and glad I found Redmans to help with my settlement. I highly recommend them!

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    I found everything about the company to be extremely professional and efficient. During my initial contact with Chris, he listened well and was reassuring, so I felt confident that my case would be well handled. Caroline was excellent at explaining all the legal points and answering my questions, as well as being very supportive and understanding throughout the process. I would definitely recommend this company.

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    Great service. Thank you.

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    Excellent service, thank you so much!

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    I found Caroline and Chris very Helpful and provided excellent service. Caroline especially provided great legal advice and made me feel at ease with the whole process. I would highly recommend them. Thank you!

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    Excellent company very professional would definitely recommend

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    Alex K

    Redmans provided an excellent service, timely and effective. Will definitely recommend.

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    Great job done on my employment law

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    Dominica S

    Caroline & Chris were very prompt and efficient.Very happy with the service and will definitely recommend Redmans Solicitor to everyone !

    Posted 1 month ago

    Sandra K

    If you are looking for a group of solicitors who are Professional, Caring and on point, then look no futher than Redmans. I was literally hand held through out my case. Can not find fault with this company, very happy with the result and the service i received. Would highly recommend Redmans.

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    Anonymous

    I found dealing with Redmans a pleasure. I got to speak to someone quickly, the advice was profferred promplty and the service was not 'pushy'. In addition, the administration was excellent. What more could you ask for?

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    ALISDAIR L

    Redmans did a brilliant job regarding my redundancy agreement. I miss read an extra charge which wasnt the case so doing a new review to clarify. I would recommend Redmans for any employment law issues you may have.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Christos G

    Great legal advice and quick correspondence. Very supportive and helpful through the entire process. Thank you Redmans!

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Chris Hadrill advised me on a redundancy settlement agreement. He was very responsive, easy to deal with and gave me good advice at a stressful time.

    Posted 2 months ago