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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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    Testimonials

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    275 Reviews

    Robert

    Excellent service, very professional. would definitely use again.

    Posted 21 hours ago

    Mary B

    I was very happy with the work Chris did for me. I believe with his help I secured a more favourable outcome both financially and in terms of clauses contained in the legal agreement I ultimately signed. I had utmost trust and confidence in the advice Chris provided throughout. Chris kept me informed at every stage and I found him very efficient at bringing matters to a conclusion without unnecessary delay.

    Posted 2 days ago

    Mark M

    I found Redmans very easy to work with. Mel was very responsive, her advice led to an improved settlement. . Recommended.!

    Posted 5 days ago

    Anonymous

    Fantastic service. I would recommend Redmans to anyone who needed a Solicitor. The communication was second to none and consistent clear guidance was given.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Everyone I dealt with at Redmans were professional, empathetic & always responded promptly and helped make the transition as smooth & efficient as possible for me. If you need legal advice, don’t hesitate & contact the team.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Sacha was incredibly helpful and professional. Timely and accurate advice at a time I most needed it. I was extremely impressed and grateful.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Sue W

    The people at Redmans talk to you with respect and make you feel like they take your situation personal. They clearly care and are extremely professional. I have recommended Redmans to many people.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Redmans Solicitors were consistently prompt, efficient and professional from the start of my reaching out to them for support in relation to contentious negotiations of an employment matter that continued for almost two months resulting in a positive settlement agreement. Chris Hadrill was diligent, thorough, empathetic and objective in his advice and guidance, showing deep and broad knowledge of the law and legal processes plus extensive practical experience in handling complex matters, resulting in clear and pragmatic advice in ambiguous circumstances that resulted in a very good outcome. I fully recommend Chris Hadrill and Redmans Solicitors! I have made this review anonymous purely because of the confidentiality obligations in the settlement agreement concluded.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Michelle W

    Redmans solicitors provided legal support and advice for a settlement agreement. Excellent customer service, very professional. The senior associate solicitor kept me updated throughout the process, showed empathy and the agreement was signed-off / completed within the agreed timeline.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Mark W

    Redmans Solicitors were extremely professional and helpful! Chris Hadrill handled my case and was an amazing help! His guidance, advice and understanding to my redundancy settlement were always clear, concise and very helpful and I am very grateful to him, and glad I found Redmans to help with my settlement. I highly recommend them!

    Posted 1 month ago

    Alison M

    Very happy with the advice I received

    Posted 2 months 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.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Sanja K

    Very efficient and professional service.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    I found the advice I was given by Redmans Solicitors to be clear and useful and found the solicitor on my case to be both knowledgeable and approachable.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Karen T

    Great service. Thank you.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Excellent service from Chris & Mel Chin. The best outcome was achieved from the redundancy process. They were extremely thorough, listened carefully and acted swiftly on my behalf. I highly recommend Redmans Solicitors

    Posted 2 months ago

    Shanine M

    Excellent service, thank you so much!

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    I found Caroline and Chris very Helpful and provided excellent service. Caroline especially provided great legal advice and made me feel at ease with the whole process. I would highly recommend them. Thank you!

    Posted 2 months ago

    Gayle B

    Excellent company very professional would definitely recommend

    Posted 2 months ago

    Alex K

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

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Great job done on my employment law

    Posted 2 months ago