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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, represented a client in settlement agreement negotiations and secured the client an increase of £3,500 to their redundancy package, as well as other amendments to the settlement agreement.

Situation

Anton (not his real name) worked for a global financial technology company. He was approached by his employer and informed that he was to be made redundant. Anton was not happy with this and instructed Redmans to negotiate the settlement agreement for him – in particular, Anton wished to increase the value of the ex-gratia package under the settlement agreement, as well as negotiate the reference and release him from the non-compete clause that he was bound by under his contract of employment. Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment department at Redmans, advised Anton on his matter.

What we did

Chris called Anton to discuss his concerns about the termination of his employment and the requirements that he had for the settlement agreement. Chris took on board Anton’s concerns and represented him in his settlement agreement negotiations. He went through Anton’s settlement agreement in depth with him, discussed what amendments should be made to the agreement with Anton, and negotiated the settlement agreement terms directly with Anton’s employer.

Chris negotiated a higher value of settlement agreement (an increase of £3,500 to the ex-gratia value) for Anton. He also managed to persuade Anton’s employer to amend the reference, as well as for a relaxation of the non-compete covenant that Anton was bound by under his contract of employment (his employer wasn’t prepared to release him from the entirety of this). Finally, it was agreed that Anton’s employer would increase their coverage of legal fees under the settlement agreement so as to cover the majority of Anton’s legal costs for the advice.

The result

After a short period of negotiation, as detailed above, Anton’s employer agreed to increase the value of the ex-gratia sum by £3,500 (to a sum equal to three months’ gross salary for Anton), to pay Anton out for his notice period, to relax the non-compete clause that Anton was subject to under his contract of employment, to amend the reference as Anton had requested, and to cover the majority of Anton’s legal costs. It was also negotiated that the terms of the agreement – and the reason for Anton leaving his employer – would be covered by a mutual confidentiality clause and that Anton would receive an agreed reference from the business in the future.

Chris Hadrill, the specialist employment solicitor who dealt with Anton’s case, commented on the case: “I was  delighted to negotiate Anton’s settlement agreement for him, and was delighted with the result that was achieved for Anton. I wish Anton the best of luck in the future and we’re always here to talk if advice is needed on employment law”

Please note that all of the names used for clients and third parties in this article and other articles are anonymised (unless expressly stated otherwise) to protect client confidentiality

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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    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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    Very efficient and friendly

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    A professional and friendly service, which I would highly recommend.

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    Daniel T

    Extremely helpful and made a bad situation much more manageable. Where other solicitors seemed disinterested in my situation Redmans immediately made me feel like it was a team effort to achieve a more favourable outcome

    Posted 3 months ago

    Paul T

    Excellent, quick and informative. Chris was a real star and gave me confidence during the uncertainty if a redundancy settlement.

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