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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, represented a client in settlement agreement negotiations, and secured an ex-gratia payment for the client.

Situation

Selina (not her real name) worked in sales for a large company. During the course of her employment, a photograph was taken of her (without her consent) while she was wearing a bikini and this photo was sent to a number of colleagues without her consent. One of her colleagues then threatened to Selina that he would display this photo of her on a projector in public.

Selina was extremely with her colleagues’ conduct and she contacted Redmans to see if she could obtain some legal help. She spoke to Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans.

What we did

When Selina contacted the employment team at Redmans she wanted to see what could be done about her situation at work – she thought she might have to leave her job in order to solve the situation.

Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans, helped Selina with her case.

Chris explained to Selina that her colleagues’ actions (in taking the photo and then distributing it) were inappropriate and constituted sexual harassment, as this conduct was sexual in nature, unwanted by Selina, and had the purpose or effect of violating Selina’s dignity or creating an offensive workplace environment for her.

Chris drafted a letter to Selina’s employer setting out the facts and arguing that she had been subjected to sexual harassment under section 26(2) of the Equality Act 2010. He explained that Selina intended to resign and bring an Employment Tribunal claim if it wasn’t possible to settle the case, and what terms Selina wanted to settle the case (which included money and the provision of an appropriate employment reference).

The result

After a lengthy period of negotiation with the company’s solicitors it was agreed that Selina would be given a confidential settlement package, including the payment of her notice pay, an ex-gratia (tax-free) payment, mutual confidentiality clauses, and the provision of a reference by Selina’s employers after she left. Settlement agreement terms were subsequently agreed and signed.

Chris Hadrill, the partner at Redmans who assisted Selina, commented: “If you have been subjected to unwanted sexual conduct at work then you should seek legal advice and, if you feel able to do so, submit a written complaint to your employer identifying the sexual conduct that you have been subjected to, who was involved, when this conduct occurred, and that this conduct was unwanted. This should help to strengthen your position with regards to settling an Employment Tribunal claim or, if necessary, help you to succeed in bringing such a claim. However, Employment Tribunal claims are generally the last resort as it is always preferable to see whether a case can be resolved without having to resort to litigation (whether in the Employment Tribunal or otherwise).”

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

    4.78 Average

    216 Reviews

    Valentina D

    Great service from Mel, she was very good at explaining every part of the settlement agreement and very efficient dealing with the HR team. Very professional team, I would definitely use them again in future if the opportunity came up.

    Posted 2 hours ago

    Olaf S

    I was very happy with the service that I have received. Thank You Regards

    Posted 3 hours ago

    Rebecca A

    I had a wonderful solicitor called Caroline who was so helpful and gave me all the information I need and explained everything in detail so I was crystal clear. Would highly recommend if you are in need of a solicitor!

    Posted 2 days ago

    Gareth J

    Very efficient, helpful and pragmatic support from Caroline. Happy to work with my requirements / suggestions but also made some very good points which helped to achieve a higher settlement amount. Would highly recommend Caroline and Chris.

    Posted 2 days ago

    Ellen S

    Excellent, professional, timely. Friendly when I needed it most. Would recommend to anyone.

    Posted 3 days ago

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    Excellent, professional, timely. Friendly when I needed it most. Would recommend to anyone.

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    Cristina G

    Very professional and reliable. Timely answers, clear and to the point. Always looking for the best for their customers.

    Posted 4 days ago

    Rob T

    Very professional and on target - highly recommended.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Very efficient service and knowledgeable solicitors.

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    Anonymous

    Excellent response time from first contact. Quick and easy completion of documents required. Fast response to any queries I made.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Redmans Solicitors did a great job and were very professional at all times. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Gary P

    All good advice, prompt and efficient

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Excellent advice and customer service.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Aneet G

    I would definitely recommend Redmans. Very impressed with service provided. They were extremely proactive in handling my case which made things easier for me. Provided sound advice and resolution. Special credit for this goes to Chris who dealt with my case with great determination and consideration.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Fern M

    Very efficient and friendly

    Posted 3 months ago

    Neville S

    A professional and friendly service, which I would highly recommend.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Daniel T

    Extremely helpful and made a bad situation much more manageable. Where other solicitors seemed disinterested in my situation Redmans immediately made me feel like it was a team effort to achieve a more favourable outcome

    Posted 3 months ago

    Paul T

    Excellent, quick and informative. Chris was a real star and gave me confidence during the uncertainty if a redundancy settlement.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Marina E

    Felt in very capable hands was listened to and given excellent advice. Would not hesitate to recomend and use again if needed.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Rosa B

    Fabulous service all round.

    Posted 3 months ago

    Anonymous

    Redmans were quick to respond to my enquiry and dealt with my case professionally and personably. I received sound advice and was put at ease by Chris Hadrill, Partner.

    Posted 3 months ago