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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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I was in contact with Chris and then worked with Caroline on an employment matter. I was very pleased with the service and professionalism throughout, and came away with satisfied with the outcome. Would happily recommend.

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Absolutely brilliant thank you. Caroline Lewis is a legend

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The legal advice was clear and helpful.

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Good Service

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Adrian V

I was using Redmans services for a Settlement Agreement. Very quick and professional service. The outcome was favourable and I was very pleased with the amendments and results. Pretty glad to recommend them for any type of legal advice.

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Very responsive, efficient, clear and supportive. Thank you! Highly recommend.

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Tiago S

Chris was always prompt to help me with legal matters that are beyond my comprehension and very helpful leasing with my former employer. I would recommend Redmans Solicitors to everyone who needs help.

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Fast and professional advice tailored to what was needed. Thanks for your help Chris Hadrill and team.

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Peter S

Really pleased with the outcome and the advice I had from Chris and Sacha.

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Harika A

Redmans solicitor's helped me with my settlement agreement, Chris has been very helpful throughout the process.He was very prompt in his responses and made my settlement look simple.Special thanks to Caroline for her efficient communication, thorough explaination of contract terminology and negotiations.I highly reccommend Redmans solicitors for anyone seeking employment related legal help.

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