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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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    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.

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    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.

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    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 1 month 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 2 months ago

    Pravina P

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

    Posted 2 months ago

    Paul L

    Sacha was extremely helpful in my matter. I would not hesitate you use Sacha or Redmonds again. Everyone was very helpful.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Monique N

    I had Mel Chin helping me with a settlement and she was very professional and reliable throughout my case. Mel provided me with a good understanding of what was happening and gave suggestions on routes I could take. My case was resolved and closed promptly although the opposing side were very difficult to deal with. A very big thank you to Mel and Chris.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Jackie C

    My first ever experience needing the services of a solicitor; cannot speak highly enough of Mel and Chris’s personable, reassuring and straight to the point advice in dealing with my settlement agreement. They put me at ease during an extremely stressful time. I am equally as happy with the outcome, as l am their professional services.

    Posted 3 months ago

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    Really happy with the service. All very efficient. Mel rattled through things very fast, however was great whenever I needed to stop and ask a question! Would definitely return to Redmans if I ever needed Legal advice.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Peter F

    Very helpful and clear advice, would highly recommend.

    Posted 3 months ago