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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, represented a client in settlement agreement negotiations, and secured an ex-gratia payment for the client.

Situation

Anna (not her real name) worked as a Personal Assistant for the CEO of a business. During the course of her employment, she was subjected to the following conduct by the CEO (this is a non-exhaustive list):

  • Comments about what she should wear in the workplace
  • Comments that she was the “perfect age” for him for dating
  • Asking Anna whether she had a boyfriend
  • Asking Anna to get into bed with him
  • Stating to Anna that he had bought her a present from Ann Summers (a boutique lingerie store)

Anna became unhappy with the CEO’s conduct and contacted Redmans to see if she could obtain some legal help. She spoke to Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans.

What we did

When Anna contacted the employment team at Redmans she wanted to see what could be done about her situation at work – she thought she might have to leave her job in order to solve the situation.

Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans, helped Anna with her case. He was instructed on a no win no fee basis, meaning that if Anna got a settlement in her case she would only pay a percentage of the settlement, and that if it wasn’t possible to settle the case then she wouldn’t have to pay Redmans anything.

Chris explained to Anna that her boss’s actions were inappropriate and constituted sexual harassment, as her CEO had engaged in a course of conduct which was sexual in nature and had the purpose or effect of violating Anna’s dignity or creating an offensive workplace environment for her.

Chris drafted a letter to Anna’s employer setting out the facts and arguing that Anna had been subjected to sexual harassment. He explained that Anna intended to resign and bring an Employment Tribunal claim if it wasn’t possible to settle the case, and what terms Anna wanted to settle the case.

The result

After a lengthy period of negotiation with the company’s solicitors it was agreed that Anna would be given a confidential settlement package, including the payment of her notice pay, an ex-gratia (tax-free) payment, mutual confidentiality clauses, and the provision of a reference by Anna’s employers after she left. Settlement agreement terms were subsequently agreed and signed.

Chris Hadrill, the partner at Redmans who assisted Anna, commented: “If you have been subjected to sexual harassment at work then you have options available to you: speak to a solicitor and see what they can do to help you – this may involve (among other things) submitting a grievance to your employer complaining of the conduct and/or negotiating a settlement and/or bringing an Employment Tribunal claim for sexual harassment. However, Employment Tribunal claims are generally the last resort as it is always preferable to see whether a case can be resolved without having to resort to litigation (whether in the Employment Tribunal or otherwise).

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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    Anonymous

    I found the advice I was given by Redmans Solicitors to be clear and useful and found the solicitor on my case to be both knowledgeable and approachable.

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    Dominica S

    Caroline & Chris were very prompt and efficient.Very happy with the service and will definitely recommend Redmans Solicitor to everyone !

    Posted 1 week ago

    Sandra K

    If you are looking for a group of solicitors who are Professional, Caring and on point, then look no futher than Redmans. I was literally hand held through out my case. Can not find fault with this company, very happy with the result and the service i received. Would highly recommend Redmans.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    I found dealing with Redmans a pleasure. I got to speak to someone quickly, the advice was profferred promplty and the service was not 'pushy'. In addition, the administration was excellent. What more could you ask for?

    Posted 1 week ago

    ALISDAIR L

    Redmans did a brilliant job regarding my redundancy agreement. I miss read an extra charge which wasnt the case so doing a new review to clarify. I would recommend Redmans for any employment law issues you may have.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Christos G

    Great legal advice and quick correspondence. Very supportive and helpful through the entire process. Thank you Redmans!

    Posted 1 week ago

    Anonymous

    Chris Hadrill advised me on a redundancy settlement agreement. He was very responsive, easy to deal with and gave me good advice at a stressful time.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Zara M

    Rana at Redmans gave me support and confidence I needed to ensure a wrong, was put right. I couldn’t recommend enough.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Stuart T

    Chris provided an excellent service, he was efficient and friendly and I had no doubt when recommending him to my colleagues

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    Anonymous

    Excellent service, prompt responses. Chris Hadrill provided excellent and efficient service.

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    Wonderful solicitors who really listen to you and who are there to offer expert legal advice but they also have a personal touch and you really feel supported both from a legal aspect but also from a personal aspect. They really listen .

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    They dealt with my case professional and swiftly. The advise was helpful and enabled me to make the right decisions in my case.

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    Anonymous

    I have received a great legal advice from Redmans on a very short notice. I’d highly recommend them.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Michael D

    Excellent, efficient advice - the whole matter was concluded with minimum fuss and an excellent outcome.

    Posted 2 weeks ago