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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 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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Nikki

Received advice re employment law. Chris was very helpful and advised accordingly. Would happily recommend them and if ever I need help again, will not think twice before using them.

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Samantha K

Absolutely brilliant thank you. Caroline Lewis is a legend

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Anonymous

The legal advice was clear and helpful.

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Davinder P

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.

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

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

Posted 2 months ago

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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Anonymous

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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