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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

4.78 Average

143 Reviews

Liz P

An excellent professional service was provided by Chris Hadrill and Mel Chin. Efficient and trustworthy - would highly recommend this company.

Posted 6 days ago

Anonymous

Redmans Solicitors were great. They were able to advice me quickly and efficiently! I would recommend them, as a good solicitors to use.

Posted 6 days ago

Anonymous

Extremely efficient. Mel made a difficult situation bearable and gave good clear guidance thoughout.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Thanks Chris and Sacha I was reassured throughout the process and a happy outcome

Posted 1 week ago

Edward F

Good and clear employment advice

Posted 1 week ago

Richard O

Chris at Redmans is my go-to legal expert when it comes to employee-related matters. His depth of knowledge, experience and considered approach to problems and their solutions is highly valuable. I cannot recommend Redmans highly enough.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Rory Y

They provide me with timely and clear advice!

Posted 3 weeks ago

Steven C

Redmans handled my settlement with my employer quickly, decisively and to a standard that I was very happy with. I would in similar circumstances contract them again

Posted 3 weeks ago

Deepthi K

Transparent. Clear communication. Prompt reply’s. Saves lot of time. Very satisfied.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Chris and Sacha did a fantastic job and negotiated a significant better settlement agreement

Posted 3 weeks ago

Dino D

I did get a very swift and god service from Redmans

Posted 3 weeks ago

Stephanie H

Clear, prompt, effective support from Chris which has been very much appreciated. Thank you again.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

I would highly recommend Redmans Solicitors, the team were very friendly and my case was dealt with professionally and efficiently. Thank you!

Posted 1 month ago

Shane M

Very professional, welcome advice at a crucial time. Always available and reasonable cost.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

My case was relatively straight-forward. But even so, working with Redmans was easy, quick, professional & clear. Many thanks

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

The team were very helpful and answered all my questions regarding my redundancy. Initially I had a call with one of the representatives who escalated my request to a suitable employment solicitor. We arranged a call to discuss the settlement and she helped answer all my questions. We then mainly contacted through email which helped resolve the settlement quickly and convently. Thanks for all the help.

Posted 1 month ago

Djaouida T

You have good communication.

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Fast and professional. A highly recommended company for employment related issues.

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Very professional service.

Posted 2 months ago

Brittany

I was very grateful for Redmans to treat my case with respect and discretion. At the time, I was very new to London and it was meaningful to have someone on my side and win the case for me. Without any doubt, I would definitely recommend Redmans Solicitors to anyone who is in need of it.

Posted 9 months ago

Jake L

Chris is very professional and calm. Very attentive and patient, been a positive experience having Chris represent me, and would recommend him.

Posted 11 months ago