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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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    Arabella B

    I am so grateful to Caroline Lewis at Redmans Solicitor’s for helping me with my Unfair Dismissal Case. I was seriously impressed how easy Redmans made the whole case, and am very happy with my Settlement. I have recommended your firm to at least 5 people in the last 3 months.. Thank you Caroline and everyone at Redmans. You are Brilliant .

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    Five Stars I was most impressed by the attention, courtesy, speed and above all, professionalism in dealing with my Settlement Agreement. I would certainly have no problem in recommending this firm to anyone in need of their services.

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    I was surprisingly impressed by how Redmans Solicitors handle my case. From the moment I call them to the absolute end of my case, they always look after my best interest.

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    Malcolm P

    they were there when others were not

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    Anonymous

    Excellent service all the way through from start to finish. Really great support and guidance from the team, they secured the offer that I wanted. I can't recommend Redmans highly enough and will be sure to use their services again should the need arise.

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    Redmans give Great service and advice on reading contracts. They can explain all the solicitors jargon into words that you can understand. I received excellent service an I will use them again and again.

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    Anonymous

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    Nalin W

    Mel Chin was my Legal Executive when I engaged the services of Redmans Solicitors to help with a redundancy matter. She was incredibly approachable and professional from start to finish. Specially I have to mention regarding prompt reply to all my email queries, It was super quick. I would thoroughly recommend Mel Chin. Many Thanks

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    Anonymous

    I'd highly recommend Redmans Solicitors. Mel was very helpful and assisted me throughout my case.

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    Anonymous

    Sacha was very thorough and very helpful, with great advice on when to act and when to wait on my case.

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    Anonymous

    I have been very pleased with the support I got from Redmans Solicitors on my case with my employer. Caroline has always helped me to put things in perspective and showed me different scenarios ultimately to help me taking the right decision. She was very professional and always available when I needed, and at the same time also emphatic which I found also really important to establish a strong relationship. Will definitely recommend!

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Prompt and efficient response to my enquiries. Excellent negotiating skills with my employer which considerably improved the terms of my settlement agreement.

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    Anonymous

    Very quick and professional service , Rana was very helpful

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    James G

    Very professional, knowledgeable and kept me informed at every stage of my case. I would highly recommend Redmans.

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    Pravina P

    Chris was really good and help solve my issues with current company. I would recommend him to anyone.

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