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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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    Testimonials

    4.78 Average

    220 Reviews

    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.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Ellen S

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

    Posted 1 week ago

    Cristina G

    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.

    Posted 1 week ago

    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.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Fern M

    Very efficient and friendly

    Posted 3 months ago

    Neville S

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

    Posted 3 months ago

    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