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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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    Alison M

    Very happy with the advice I received

    Posted 13 hours 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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    Redmans provided an excellent service, timely and effective. Will definitely recommend.

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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 1 week 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.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    I found dealing with Redmans a pleasure. I got to speak to someone quickly, the advice was profferred promplty and the service was not 'pushy'. In addition, the administration was excellent. What more could you ask for?

    Posted 1 week 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 1 week 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

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

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

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Jane M

    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 .

    Posted 2 weeks ago