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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.


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.


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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    Provided a great service, covered all my requirements

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    Redmans Solicitors recently helped me navigate a recent employment termination settlement agreement. Chris Hadrill is very professional and you will be in good hands with him. I score Redmans 4 out of 5 because things had to move fast and felt the team member assigned to my case wasn't very responsive at times. Having said that, I was very happy with the outcome and have no hesitation in recommending their services.

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    Overall I am satisfied with the performance from Redmans. The reason I have given 4 stars is that I had quite a lot difficulty in contacting the representative which was initially nominated for me. However, when I contacted Chris instead, he was excellent over the phone and secured a great outcome in short order. I would recommend Redmans Solicitors.

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    Chris and Redmans were a great help. Effective and efficient, quick response from my first enquiry and then straightforward and attentive throughout with ultimately a positive outcome. I will use them again and recommend them.

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    Great service, quick responses, good advice and all in a no nonsense, no jargon manner. Would definitely recommend.

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    I am extremely happy with the legal advice I was provided with. My case was resolved to the best of my expectations. Thank you very much for your professional help.

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    Chris and his team were excellent. They provided sound advice and consultation that resulted in more cash than was offered. Would definitely recommend.

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    Sanjay B

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mel Chin, for all her support during my settlement process. Where she provided a professional service and was understanding. I would confidently recommend Redmans Solicitors to my friends and family. Thank you and wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

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    Excellent response time and communication during my dealings with Redmans

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    Gil T

    I don’t normally write reviews, but thought it was time on this occasion. Just wanted to say that I highly recommend Redmans - especially Rana Tandon, who helped me navigate around my employment contract. Rana was meticulous and thorough and all over my needs. Would I use Redmans again ? ..absolutely

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    Very thorough and professional service. I was very nervous about my employment case, as I had never dealt with anything like it before. However, the solicitors who handled my case made sure I understood everything. I was never kept in the dark and Redmans kept me constantly informed about what was going on with my case. I would definitely recommend Redmans Solicitors

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    Richard S

    Chris and Sacha were great throughout the entire process. Chris was very helpful once the initial discussions with my company began and before we agreed there was a case. Sacha was very responsive, patient and helpful throughout ensuring I felt I had the right information to make the best decision on next steps. A close friend and wife have both used Redmans in the past few years for unfair dismissals and the service continues to be first-class and I would strongly recommend them again. They definitely help reduce the anxiety that comes with uncertainty around new processes and situations. Thank you!

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    Very helpful and led me through the redundancy process.

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