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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.

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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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    217 Reviews

    Yann G

    Yann Guezennec / Chris Hadrill - Thanks for the detailed, informed and professional advice for my settlement. When comprise is the rule I felt we could have been maybe a bit more aggressive from the start. However an acceptable outcome considering the situation. Thank you

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    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.

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

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

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

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    Very professional and on target - highly recommended.

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

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    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

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    Very efficient and friendly

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    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.

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