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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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    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 1 day 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 days ago

    Anonymous

    Very quick and professional service , Rana was very helpful

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    James G

    Very professional, knowledgeable and kept me informed at every stage of my case. I would highly recommend Redmans.

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    Pravina P

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

    Posted 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 weeks ago

    Peter F

    Very helpful and clear advice, would highly recommend.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    William A

    Second time I have had to use Redmans. They did not disappoint. They are fast , efficient and friendly. I have already recommended them to friends and colleagues. I hope I dont have to use them again but if I have to , they are the solicitors for me.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Fleeta C

    Great service with tantastic communications. The solicitor responsible is extremely knowledgeable and was responsible for bringing a timely and desired solution.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Veronica M

    Extremely helpful, starting from a request for advice at very short notice, to dedicating time for me to understand and review all documents thoroughly.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Sophie R

    Very efficient and professional service. Chris was very empathetic, knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommended.

    Posted 4 weeks ago

    Melanie M

    Very happy with the detailed advice provided from Redmans. They also helped me to secure a higher settlement than originally offered by my employer and were extremely diligent. I first spoke with Chris at relatively short notice and then Sacha dealt with my case. Would definitely recommend and use again in the future if needed.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Redmans helped me with a work related issue, which was resolved quickly and professionally. I would definitely recommend this company.

    Posted 1 month ago

    James F

    Great people, really friendly and professional helped with everything that I needed.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anusha S

    My case was handled by Sacha who was very thorough and helped me to achieve a good outcome with my employer. Sacha was very personal, professional and helped me during quite a stressful time, so I am hugely grateful to her and to Redmans. This was my first time engaging with a law firm so I wasn't sure what to expect but I can definitely say that it was a good experience overall and I ended up better off due to having the help of an experienced and proactive solicitor on my side.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Diane P

    So grateful that I contacted Redmans to deal with my Redundancy Agreement. Everything from the initial call to the completion of the matter was professional, efficient and effective. I was listened to, had everything explained simply and kept informed of every step. I received super advice and the costs were very competitive. I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking similar help. First class service - thank you

    Posted 1 month ago

    Chris L

    It was a very efficient and effective service - Would recommend.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Exceeded my expectations. Very professional and proactive. I highly recommend them.

    Posted 1 month ago