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MoJEssex County Council has, according to EADT 24, been criticized by local politicians after the number and value of settlement agreements  (formerly known as “compromise agreements”) entered into between 2010-11 and 2012-13 was released to the public.

A question was raised by the Labour opposition group leader, Julie Young, regarding the cost of the settlement agreements – which are intended to settle an existing or potential employment dispute between an employer and employee – after figures were made public due to a Freedom of Information request. According to the figures released by the Council, over £1.1 million has been spent over the 2010-13 period on settling potential or existing employment disputes in 69 cases (an average of £15,942 per agreement). The highest figure paid to a departing employee through the use of a settlement agreement during this time was over £80,000.

The nature of the use of the settlement agreements by Essex County Council has resulted in criticism from both the local Labour opposition group and from the Taxpayers Alliance (a national pressure group).

A spokesman for Essex County Council stated: “The use and terms of any compromise agreements, or settlement agreements as they are known, are considered on a case by case basis. A compromise agreement is only authorised when it can be justified as being a cost-effective way of closing down a dispute with or claim from an employee or ex-employee and minimises unnecessary expenditure or time being incurred in defending claims which would otherwise divert resources away from the council’s business of providing public services.”

Chris Hadrill, an employment solicitor at Redmans, commented on the matter: “Settlement agreements are generally a cost-effective means of settling an existing or potential employment dispute. Of course the costs of the agreements (such as legal fees and compensation paid) must be balanced by the benefit of such an agreement, but in my experience this appears to be the case. In any event, employees must take legal advice from (for example) a solicitor before they sign an agreement, so they will be well aware of the potential consequences that come with signing a settlement agreement.”

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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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    Anonymous

    I received legal advice on a redundancy settlement agreement from Redmans Solicitors and was very impressed by the quality of their service. Chris Hadrill is highly experienced in settlement matters and was especially understanding of the particulars of my case, going out of his way to ensure that it was resolved quickly and with the utmost professionalism. I have no hesitation in recommending Redmans to anyone in need of employment advice and settlement resolution.

    Posted 4 hours ago

    Anonymous

    Excellent service, with full explanations of everything needed. Both Chris and Mel answered all emails very promptly and were personable and efficient.

    Posted 1 day ago

    Anonymous

    I would like to thank Chris Hadrill, in particular who handled my case, for all his hard work, expertise and dedication. He listened with empathy and offered suitable advice, which made me feel valued and confident through a difficult time. I would highly recommend Chris and the team at Redmans Solicitors. Thank you.

    Posted 3 days ago

    Yann G

    Yann Guezennec / Chris Hadrill - Thanks for the detailed, informed and professional advice for my settlement. When comprise is the rule I felt we could have been maybe a bit more aggressive from the start. However an acceptable outcome considering the situation. Thank you

    Posted 4 days ago

    Valentina D

    Great service from Mel, she was very good at explaining every part of the settlement agreement and very efficient dealing with the HR team. Very professional team, I would definitely use them again in future if the opportunity came up.

    Posted 5 days ago

    Olaf S

    I was very happy with the service that I have received. Thank You Regards

    Posted 5 days ago

    Rebecca A

    I had a wonderful solicitor called Caroline who was so helpful and gave me all the information I need and explained everything in detail so I was crystal clear. Would highly recommend if you are in need of a solicitor!

    Posted 1 week ago

    Gareth J

    Very efficient, helpful and pragmatic support from Caroline. Happy to work with my requirements / suggestions but also made some very good points which helped to achieve a higher settlement amount. Would highly recommend Caroline and Chris.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Ellen S

    Excellent, professional, timely. Friendly when I needed it most. Would recommend to anyone.

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    Ellen S

    Excellent, professional, timely. Friendly when I needed it most. Would recommend to anyone.

    Posted 1 week ago

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    Very professional and reliable. Timely answers, clear and to the point. Always looking for the best for their customers.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Rob T

    Very professional and on target - highly recommended.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Very efficient service and knowledgeable solicitors.

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    Anonymous

    Excellent response time from first contact. Quick and easy completion of documents required. Fast response to any queries I made.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Redmans Solicitors did a great job and were very professional at all times. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted 4 weeks ago

    Gary P

    All good advice, prompt and efficient

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Excellent advice and customer service.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Aneet G

    I would definitely recommend Redmans. Very impressed with service provided. They were extremely proactive in handling my case which made things easier for me. Provided sound advice and resolution. Special credit for this goes to Chris who dealt with my case with great determination and consideration.

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