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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, helping the client to secure a settlement package of £70,000 (an increase of over £40,000). Chris also helped the client to secure other amendments to their settlement agreement.

Situation

Richard (not his real name) worked for a technology company for a number of years. In 2018 there Richard started to feel that he was being given too high a workload, and was being subjected to too much criticism by his line management, and he complained. After this complaint there was a breakdown in the relationship of trust and confidence between Richard and his employer.

Later in 2018 Richard’s employer approached him and asked whether he would be interested in being made redundant. Richard objected to the initial settlement agreement package that was put forward and his employer came back with an improved ex-gratia offer of £40,000. Richard sought advice from Chris Hadrill at Redmans and, following that advice, he negotiated an improved redundancy package of £70,000 (approx one years’ gross wages).

Richard also instructed Redmans to advise him on the settlement agreement that he had been offered by his employer  Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment department at Redmans, advised Richard on his matter. In particular, and in addition to the financial package that had been agreed, Richard wanted to improve the outplacement support that he was being offered by his employer and increase the contribution that his employer was offering towards his legal fees.

What we did

Chris discussed Richard’s settlement agreement with him – he noted that Richard was keen to leave the business given the package that had been negotiated (and the previous problems Richard had been experiencing), and discussed with Richard that he felt that there were a few tweaks that needed to be made to the agreement to represent Richard’s best interests. Chris agreed a list of amendments to the settlement agreement with Richard and sought to negotiate these with his employer, representing him in the settlement agreement negotiations.

Chris also managed to persuade Richard’s employer to make the following amendments:

  • To extend the termination date (as well as Richard being placed on ‘garden leave’ to the termination date)
  • Outplacement support up to a value of £1,000 plus VAT
  • Legal fees contribution of over £1,000 plus VAT to cover off the entirety of the fees that Richard had incurred in seeking advice on the settlement agreement

The result

After a short period of negotiation, as detailed above, Richard’s employer agreed to extend the termination date. It was also agreed that the terms of the agreement – and the reason for Richard leaving his 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 Richard receive an agreed written reference from the business in the future. Chris also negotiated outplacement support and an increase to the legal fee coverage Richard’s employer was willing to pay.

Chris Hadrill, the specialist employment solicitor who dealt with Richard’s case, commented on the case: “Richard was very skilled in negotiating the settlement package after he had been advised by me on what he should be aiming for, and I was delighted to then step in and ensure that the settlement agreement terms best protected Richard’s interests.”

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 M

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

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    Anonymous

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    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

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    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

    Dominica S

    Caroline & Chris were very prompt and efficient.Very happy with the service and will definitely recommend Redmans Solicitor to everyone !

    Posted 2 months 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 2 months ago