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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, represented a client in settlement agreement negotiations and secured the client an increase of £20,000 to their redundancy package, as well as other amendments to the settlement agreement.

Situation

Oscar (not his real name) worked as a manager at a large investment firm in London. Oscar’s employer decided in 2017 that they wished to move Oscar’s team to a location outside London and, further, to send some of Oscar’s team’s responsibilities to be undertaken in India. These changes took place without much consultation with Oscar and his team, and the employer then decided that Oscar’s team’s roles were potentially redundant. A redundancy process started and Oscar was told that he was at risk of redundancy – Oscar was unhappy with this and complained that his employer had not undertaken a fair redundancy process: he thought that he should have been consulted on the move of the team out of London and, potentially, offered a role in this other team before the redundancy process commenced. Oscar was left with the impression that, as a result of what had happened, the decision to make him redundant was therefore a ‘fait accomplit”.

After Oscar was told that he may be made redundant he made a complaint to his managaer that he believed his redundancy was unfair and got in touch with Redmans.

What we did

When Oscar contacted the employment team at Redmans she wanted to secure a substantial increase to the redundancy package that he had been offered in order to settle his potential claim for unfair dismissal. Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, handled Oscar’s matter.

Chris explained to Oscar that his employer’s actions in making him redundant without undertaking a fair consultation procedure meant that he potentially had a successful unfair dismissal claim against his employer. He informed Oscar that the best strategy in the circumstances would, rather to simply bring an Employment Tribunal claim against his employer, be to negotiate for more favourable settlement agreement terms.

Chris drafted a letter to Oscar’s employers setting out the law on redundancies in order to set out why Oscar felt his dismissal was unfair and why he should be offered a more favourable settlement agreement than his employer had previously put forward. Chris explained to the employer that Oscar wanted a substantial increase to the settlement sum that he was being offered, as well as a mutually-agreed reference and mutual confidentiality clauses.

The result

After a lengthy period of negotiation Oscar’s employer agreed to settle his claims and pay him a sum in respect of his notice, a mutually-agreed reference, mutual confidentiality clauses, and a £20,000 increase to the ex-gratia payment that he employer was prepared to make. Oscar’s employer also agreed to cover the entirety of his legal fees and to make an agreed announcement as to why Oscar had left the organisation.

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.!

    Posted 2 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.

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    Anonymous

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    Sue W

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    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

    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