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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, represented a client in in a redundancy situation and negotiated the client’s settlement agreement, securing an increase of over £3,500 to the tax-free settlement sum for her. Chris also helped the client to secure other amendments to their settlement agreement.

Situation

Felicity (not her real name) worked for a music services company for many years. She was approached by her employer in 2018 and told that she would be made redundant. Felicity wasn’t entirely unhappy with this but she believed that she wanted to negotiate the settlement sum she was being offered, as it only represented about two months’ salary (plus her notice and statutory redundancy).

Felicity was offered a settlement agreement by her employer and sought legal advice. She instructed Redmans to negotiate her settlement agreement for her and Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment department at Redmans, advised Felicity on her matter. In particular, Felicity wanted to negotiate the tax-free ex-gratia value of the package she was being offered and extend the termination date of her employment, so as to give her as much opportunity as possible to find a new job before her employment terminated.

What we did

Chris discussed Felicity’s settlement agreement with her – he noted that Felicity was quite happy to leave the business but that she wanted to improve her agreement by extending the termination date and increasing the ex-gratia tax-free amount of the settlement agreement.  Chris agreed a list of amendments with Felicity and sought to negotiate these with her employer, representing her in the settlement agreement negotiations.

Chris negotiated a higher value of settlement agreement (an increase of £3,500 to the ex-gratia tax-free value that had initially been proposed) for Felicity. Chris also managed to persuade Felicity’s employer to extend the termination date, as well as securing a number of other improvements to the settlement agreement that Felicity had requested. Finally, it was agreed that Felicity’s employer would increase their coverage of legal fees under the settlement agreement so as to cover a large amount of the cost of Felicity receiving legal advice.

The result

After a short period of negotiation, as detailed above, Felicity’s employer agreed to increase the value of the tax-free ex-gratia sum of the settlement agreement by over £3,500 (a sum equal to approximately a month’s salary for Felicity), to pay Felicity out for her notice period and holiday, and extend the termination date. It was also agreed that the terms of the agreement – and the reason for Felicity leaving her 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 Felicity would receive an agreed written reference from the business in the future.

Chris Hadrill, the specialist employment solicitor who dealt with Felicity’s case, commented on the case: “I was delighted to assist Felicity in securing an improvement to the terms of her settlement agreement and, in particular, increasing the value of the tax-free ex-gratia sum payable under the settlement agreement.”

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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    371 Reviews

    Jonathan L

    The service I received was friendly and professional. I appreciated the timely communications and Mel was always available for any questions I had. I'd definitely recommend Redmans and will use them in a heartbeat should the situation arise again.

    Posted 4 days ago

    Glyn B

    Provided a great service, covered all my requirements

    Posted 4 days ago

    Fidel A

    Redmans Solicitors recently helped me navigate a recent employment termination settlement agreement. Chris Hadrill is very professional and you will be in good hands with him. I score Redmans 4 out of 5 because things had to move fast and felt the team member assigned to my case wasn't very responsive at times. Having said that, I was very happy with the outcome and have no hesitation in recommending their services.

    Posted 5 days ago

    Nigel A

    Chris Hadrill is hugely impressive - the right blend of assured calm and savvy professionalism. I've already recommended him to friends and family.

    Posted 6 days ago

    Matt O

    I was hugely impressed with the ease of being able to work with Redmans Solicitors and their professional approach. Mel was really clear around the process, and costings required and I felt comfortable throughout. I would certainly recommend.

    Posted 6 days ago

    Bryan G

    Great response, and also happy to assist

    Posted 6 days ago

    David L

    I was made a settlement offer by my employer to terminate my emplyment early. Redmans helped me understand the offer, and ensured that it was fair for someone in my position. They made a very stressful situation much easier. Excellent service.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    I can highly recommend Redmans. The service was professional and prompt and I would not hesitate to use them again. Thanks

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Overall I am satisfied with the performance from Redmans. The reason I have given 4 stars is that I had quite a lot difficulty in contacting the representative which was initially nominated for me. However, when I contacted Chris instead, he was excellent over the phone and secured a great outcome in short order. I would recommend Redmans Solicitors.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Chris and Redmans were a great help. Effective and efficient, quick response from my first enquiry and then straightforward and attentive throughout with ultimately a positive outcome. I will use them again and recommend them.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Marie P

    Great service, quick responses, good advice and all in a no nonsense, no jargon manner. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Rana was amazingly thorough and professional!

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    I am extremely happy with the legal advice I was provided with. My case was resolved to the best of my expectations. Thank you very much for your professional help.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Shahzad R

    Chris and his team were excellent. They provided sound advice and consultation that resulted in more cash than was offered. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Sanjay B

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mel Chin, for all her support during my settlement process. Where she provided a professional service and was understanding. I would confidently recommend Redmans Solicitors to my friends and family. Thank you and wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Paul O

    Excellent response time and communication during my dealings with Redmans

    Posted 1 month ago

    Gil T

    I don’t normally write reviews, but thought it was time on this occasion. Just wanted to say that I highly recommend Redmans - especially Rana Tandon, who helped me navigate around my employment contract. Rana was meticulous and thorough and all over my needs. Would I use Redmans again ? ..absolutely

    Posted 1 month ago

    Stephanie D

    Very thorough and professional service. I was very nervous about my employment case, as I had never dealt with anything like it before. However, the solicitors who handled my case made sure I understood everything. I was never kept in the dark and Redmans kept me constantly informed about what was going on with my case. I would definitely recommend Redmans Solicitors

    Posted 1 month ago

    Richard S

    Chris and Sacha were great throughout the entire process. Chris was very helpful once the initial discussions with my company began and before we agreed there was a case. Sacha was very responsive, patient and helpful throughout ensuring I felt I had the right information to make the best decision on next steps. A close friend and wife have both used Redmans in the past few years for unfair dismissals and the service continues to be first-class and I would strongly recommend them again. They definitely help reduce the anxiety that comes with uncertainty around new processes and situations. Thank you!

    Posted 1 month ago

    Jianya

    Very nice and patient went through the whole document with me.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Susan L

    Very helpful and led me through the redundancy process.

    Posted 1 month ago