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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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    Testimonials

    4.80 Average

    371 Reviews

    Jonathan L

    The service I received was friendly and professional. I appreciated the timely communications and Mel was always available for any questions I had. I'd definitely recommend Redmans and will use them in a heartbeat should the situation arise again.

    Posted 6 days ago

    Glyn B

    Provided a great service, covered all my requirements

    Posted 1 week ago

    Fidel A

    Redmans Solicitors recently helped me navigate a recent employment termination settlement agreement. Chris Hadrill is very professional and you will be in good hands with him. I score Redmans 4 out of 5 because things had to move fast and felt the team member assigned to my case wasn't very responsive at times. Having said that, I was very happy with the outcome and have no hesitation in recommending their services.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Nigel A

    Chris Hadrill is hugely impressive - the right blend of assured calm and savvy professionalism. I've already recommended him to friends and family.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Matt O

    I was hugely impressed with the ease of being able to work with Redmans Solicitors and their professional approach. Mel was really clear around the process, and costings required and I felt comfortable throughout. I would certainly recommend.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Bryan G

    Great response, and also happy to assist

    Posted 1 week ago

    David L

    I was made a settlement offer by my employer to terminate my emplyment early. Redmans helped me understand the offer, and ensured that it was fair for someone in my position. They made a very stressful situation much easier. Excellent service.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    I can highly recommend Redmans. The service was professional and prompt and I would not hesitate to use them again. Thanks

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Overall I am satisfied with the performance from Redmans. The reason I have given 4 stars is that I had quite a lot difficulty in contacting the representative which was initially nominated for me. However, when I contacted Chris instead, he was excellent over the phone and secured a great outcome in short order. I would recommend Redmans Solicitors.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Chris and Redmans were a great help. Effective and efficient, quick response from my first enquiry and then straightforward and attentive throughout with ultimately a positive outcome. I will use them again and recommend them.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Marie P

    Great service, quick responses, good advice and all in a no nonsense, no jargon manner. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Rana was amazingly thorough and professional!

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    I am extremely happy with the legal advice I was provided with. My case was resolved to the best of my expectations. Thank you very much for your professional help.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Shahzad R

    Chris and his team were excellent. They provided sound advice and consultation that resulted in more cash than was offered. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Sanjay B

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mel Chin, for all her support during my settlement process. Where she provided a professional service and was understanding. I would confidently recommend Redmans Solicitors to my friends and family. Thank you and wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Paul O

    Excellent response time and communication during my dealings with Redmans

    Posted 1 month ago

    Gil T

    I don’t normally write reviews, but thought it was time on this occasion. Just wanted to say that I highly recommend Redmans - especially Rana Tandon, who helped me navigate around my employment contract. Rana was meticulous and thorough and all over my needs. Would I use Redmans again ? ..absolutely

    Posted 1 month ago

    Stephanie D

    Very thorough and professional service. I was very nervous about my employment case, as I had never dealt with anything like it before. However, the solicitors who handled my case made sure I understood everything. I was never kept in the dark and Redmans kept me constantly informed about what was going on with my case. I would definitely recommend Redmans Solicitors

    Posted 1 month ago

    Richard S

    Chris and Sacha were great throughout the entire process. Chris was very helpful once the initial discussions with my company began and before we agreed there was a case. Sacha was very responsive, patient and helpful throughout ensuring I felt I had the right information to make the best decision on next steps. A close friend and wife have both used Redmans in the past few years for unfair dismissals and the service continues to be first-class and I would strongly recommend them again. They definitely help reduce the anxiety that comes with uncertainty around new processes and situations. Thank you!

    Posted 1 month ago

    Jianya

    Very nice and patient went through the whole document with me.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Susan L

    Very helpful and led me through the redundancy process.

    Posted 1 month ago