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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, represented a client in settlement agreement negotiations in a redunancy situation, and helped her to increase the value of her settlement agreement by over £30,000.

Situation

Freya (not her real name) worked as a finance director at a large ‘household name’ company. She went on maternity leave and was told, whilst she was on maternity leave, that she might be made redundant. Freya was offered a settlement package and told that she should seek advice from a solicitor (this is one of the requirements for a settlement agreement, as we wrote about in this article).

What we did

When Freya contacted the employment team at Redmans she wanted to leave her employer, but she wanted to know how she could seek to improve the financial terms of the settlement agreement that she had been offered.

Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans, helped Freya with her case. He analysed Freya’s situation and reviewed her contract of employment and settlement agreement; he then explained to her what could be done to improve the settlement agreement, what response from her employer was likely to have if she chose to negotiate, and what the estimated costs of negotiation would be.

Chris drafted up an amended settlement agreement and explained in a covering email what amendments Freya was requesting, and why she was requesting them.

The result

After a period of negotiation with the company’s solicitors it was agreed that Freya’s settlement package would be increased by approx £30,000, and that various other improvements would be made to the settlement agreement (including amendments to the wording regarding the reference and confidentiality obligations). Settlement agreement terms were subsequently agreed and signed.

Chris Hadrill, the partner at Redmans who assisted Anna, commented: “It is a legal requirement for an employee to receive independent legal advice from a qualified solicitor (or another suitably-qualified professional) on the terms and effect of their settlement agreement, otherwise any settlement agreement terms agreed to will be unenforceable and void. In addition, a solicitor can help you by explaining what amendments to the settlement agreement are necessary and appropriate, and they can use the benefit of their experience with such agreements to ensure that you receive the best package possible (as well as ensuring that you’re comfortable with the approach that they’re recommending in the circumstances.”

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

    368 Reviews

    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 5 hours 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 6 hours ago

    Bryan G

    Great response, and also happy to assist

    Posted 6 hours 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 day ago

    Anonymous

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

    Posted 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

    Marie P

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

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Rana was amazingly thorough and professional!

    Posted 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 4 weeks 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

    Jennice

    I was very impressed with the service that I received, and the speed in which it was handled. I would recommend them to a family member

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Good service, but they could have been quicker in their responses to me. I also felt they could have made it clear at one crucial point that what I was proposing - and what I ultimately ended up doing - was counterproductive. (Had they made the rules around TOIL payments clear to me, this wouldn't have happened). Also, the amount I ended up paying was considerably higher than their original estimate. Still, satisfied with the service I received.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Redmans assisted with a settlement agreement, providing a timely and professional service. Caroline articulates perfectly and was fantastic.

    Posted 1 month ago