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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 £3,000 to their redundancy package, as well as other amendments to the settlement agreement.

Situation

Alex (not her real name) worked for an IT solutions company for a number of years in a mid-level role. One day she was approached by his employer and told that they didn’t think things were “working out” at the business for her. She was then offered a settlement agreement by his employer and told to get legal advice. Alex wasn’t particularly happy with the amounts that their employer was offering to enter into the settlement agreement, as it appeared to her that she was only being offered a ‘de minimis’ amount to enter into the settlement agreement. Alex also wanted to see whether it would be possible to release her from a ‘non-compete’ clause that she was bound by under her contract of employment and, also, to see whether it would be possible to extend her garden leave period for as long as possible so that she had the longest possible period of time in which to find a new job.

What we did

Sam got in touch with Redmans and Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment department, called Sam to discuss her  case with her. Chris took on board Sam’s concerns and represented her in her settlement agreement negotiations. He went through’s Sam’s settlement agreement in depth with her, discussed what amendments should be made to the agreement with Sam, and negotiated the matter directly with Sam’s employer for her.

Chris made the point to Sam’s employer that no fair procedure (no procedure at all) had been followed before the employer decided that Sam wasn’t capable of doing the job any more, and negotiated a higher value of settlement agreement for Sam. He also managed to get Sam’s employer to release her from the non-compete covenant under Sam’s contract of employment and, further, to increase the period of garden leave that Sam’s employer was willing to give her. Finally, it was agreed that Sam’s employer would cover the entirety of Sam’s legal costs for the advice.

The result

After a lengthy period of negotiation, as detailed above, Sam’s employer agreed to settle her potential unfair dismissal claim in return for giving her an extra sum of money as compensation (over £4,000), to pay Sam in respect of her notice period, to give Sam an extended period of garden leave, to release Sam from her non-compete covenant, and to cover Sam’s legal costs. It was also negotiated that the terms of the agreement – and the reason for Sam leaving her employer – would be covered by a mutual confidentiality clause and that Sam would receive an agreed reference from the business in the future.

Chris Hadrill, the specialist employment solicitor who dealt with Sam’s case, commented on the case: “I was delighted to represent the client in this matter and to achieve what the client was looking for – the solicitors at Redmans always try to go above and beyond to achieve client expectations.”

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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    Arabella B

    I am so grateful to Caroline Lewis at Redmans Solicitor’s for helping me with my Unfair Dismissal Case. I was seriously impressed how easy Redmans made the whole case, and am very happy with my Settlement. I have recommended your firm to at least 5 people in the last 3 months.. Thank you Caroline and everyone at Redmans. You are Brilliant .

    Posted 1 day ago

    Anonymous

    Highly professional and efficient service.

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    Tanya T

    I had the pleasure of Chris and Sacha’s experience with a work matter. They made me feel at ease with the process and explained everything thoroughly. Would happily recommend Redmans especially Chris and use them if needed I’m the future. Thank you!

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    Anonymous

    I used the services of Redmans solicitors and was a quick outstanding service I engaged them in a settlement agreement after been made redundant extremely professional at all that was done and would definetly use them again

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    Adrian A

    Spot on support, enough to get the matter at hand sorted. No beating around the bush, no nonsense - got the job done and we all moved on.

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    Mark Q

    Five Stars I was most impressed by the attention, courtesy, speed and above all, professionalism in dealing with my Settlement Agreement. I would certainly have no problem in recommending this firm to anyone in need of their services.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Ade A

    I was surprisingly impressed by how Redmans Solicitors handle my case. From the moment I call them to the absolute end of my case, they always look after my best interest.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Malcolm P

    they were there when others were not

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Excellent service all the way through from start to finish. Really great support and guidance from the team, they secured the offer that I wanted. I can't recommend Redmans highly enough and will be sure to use their services again should the need arise.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Efficient and quick service!

    Posted 1 month ago

    Karen B

    Quick response very helpful Issue raised dealt with very quickly

    Posted 1 month ago

    Carmen T

    Redmans give Great service and advice on reading contracts. They can explain all the solicitors jargon into words that you can understand. I received excellent service an I will use them again and again.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Very grateful for Mel’s efforts in handling my case from start to finish which I would have found very stressful without it. She was very professional, friendly and we had a positive outcome. Highly recommend.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Nalin W

    Mel Chin was my Legal Executive when I engaged the services of Redmans Solicitors to help with a redundancy matter. She was incredibly approachable and professional from start to finish. Specially I have to mention regarding prompt reply to all my email queries, It was super quick. I would thoroughly recommend Mel Chin. Many Thanks

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    I'd highly recommend Redmans Solicitors. Mel was very helpful and assisted me throughout my case.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Sacha was very thorough and very helpful, with great advice on when to act and when to wait on my case.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    I have been very pleased with the support I got from Redmans Solicitors on my case with my employer. Caroline has always helped me to put things in perspective and showed me different scenarios ultimately to help me taking the right decision. She was very professional and always available when I needed, and at the same time also emphatic which I found also really important to establish a strong relationship. Will definitely recommend!

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Prompt and efficient response to my enquiries. Excellent negotiating skills with my employer which considerably improved the terms of my settlement agreement.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Very quick and professional service , Rana was very helpful

    Posted 2 months ago

    James G

    Very professional, knowledgeable and kept me informed at every stage of my case. I would highly recommend Redmans.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Pravina P

    Chris was really good and help solve my issues with current company. I would recommend him to anyone.

    Posted 3 months ago