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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 almost £10,00 in respect of their ex-gratia (tax-free) amount when he was told that he was going to be made redundant. Chris also helped the client to secure other amendments to their settlement agreement.

Situation

Clive (not his real name) worked for an international manufacturing company in an executive position. After a number of years working for his employer he was approached by the Head of HR for the group companies and told that he was going to be made redundant as part of a cost-cutting exercise. He was offered a settlement agreement. Clive was unhappy about this situation and sought legal advice.

Clive instructed Redmans to negotiate his settlement agreement for him and Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment department at Redmans, advised Clive on his settlement agreement. Clive wanted, in particular, to secure an increase to the ex-gratia sum he was being offered (which could be tax-free up to £30,000) and increase the contribution to his legal fees that his employer was willing to pay.

What we did

Chris discussed Clive’s concerns about the redundancy process with him, as well as the requirements he had with regards to the settlement agreement terms. Chris advised Clive on the settlement agreement and the redundancy process, and discussed the requirements that Clive had for the amendment of the settlement agreement. Chris then negotiated directly with Clive’s employer to secure the amendments that Clive wanted.

Chris negotiated a higher value of settlement agreement (an increase of approx. £10,000 to the ex-gratia value (tax-free up to £30,000) that had initially been proposed) for Clive. Chris also managed to negotiate an increase to the legal fee contribution (to cover off Clive’s fees for the agreement), as well as securing a number of other amendments that Clive wanted.

The result

After a short period of negotiation, as detailed above, Clive’s employer agreed to increase the value of the tax-free ex-gratia sum of the settlement agreement by almost £10,000, to pay Clive out in respect of his payment in lieu of notice and holiday pay, and increase the legal cost coverage so that Clive didn’t have to pay anything out of his own pocket for the advice. It was also agreed that the terms of the agreement – and the reason for Clive leaving his position as an executive with his employer – would be covered by a mutual confidentiality clause, that both parties would agree to not say derogatory things about the other after the agreement was completed, and that Chris would receive an agreed written reference from the business in the future.

Chris Hadrill, the specialist employment solicitor who dealt with Melania’s case, commented on the case: “Redmans are specialists at helping executives to negotiate their severance packages – we deal with the full range of issues relating to executive settlement agreements, including settlement agreements, share options, restricted share units, and other forms of equity. We were delighted to help the client in this matter and look forward to helping other clients in the future.”

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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    Alison M

    Very happy with the advice I received

    Posted 3 days ago

    Margaret A

    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 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 2 weeks 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

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    Posted 2 weeks ago

    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 2 weeks ago

    Christos G

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

    Posted 2 weeks 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 weeks ago

    Zara M

    Rana at Redmans gave me support and confidence I needed to ensure a wrong, was put right. I couldn’t recommend enough.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Stuart T

    Chris provided an excellent service, he was efficient and friendly and I had no doubt when recommending him to my colleagues

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    Anonymous

    Excellent service, prompt responses. Chris Hadrill provided excellent and efficient service.

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    Wonderful solicitors who really listen to you and who are there to offer expert legal advice but they also have a personal touch and you really feel supported both from a legal aspect but also from a personal aspect. They really listen .

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