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How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, represented a client in an Employment Tribunal claim and secured the client £11,000 tax-free ex-gratia compensation and a reference through a COT3 agreement (a form of settlement agreement).

Situation

Isaac (not his real name) worked as a customer service agent in a large communications firm, starting work in 2011. In 2014 Isaac complained that he believed that he wasn’t being treated equally to other employees as he had not been provided with an updated contract of employment. He felt that the firm did not respond sufficiently well to his complaints and made a further allegation that he was being discriminated against by the firm because of his race. The firm did not deal with this complaint and dismissed Isaac a month after his complaint about discrimination, alleging that he had been performing poorly at work. Isaac was surprised by this, as he had been given no notice of any poor performance, had not been given an opportunity to improve any alleged underperformance, and there was no capability process undertaken. He appealed against his dismissal but the firm failed to respond to his appeal.

What we did

When Isaac contacted the employment team in our Richmond office he was upset and stressed about losing his job. Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, handled Isaacs’s matter.

Chris explained to Isaac that he had strong prospects of success with an unfair dismissal claim, as his employer had failed to carry out a proper procedure when dismissing him (including a complete failure to carry out any form of capability process and to respond to his appeal). Chris also explained to Isaac that he may have a claim for victimisation, as it appeared that the firm had only taken steps to dismiss Isaac when they became aware that he had complained that he was being discriminated against.

Chris took Isaac’s case on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning that Isaac would not have to pay large legal fees if he didn’t lose the case, and would only pay a proportion of any damages if he won the case. He represented Isaac throughout his matter, issuing his claim, attending preliminary hearings, and engaging in settlement negotiations with the firm.

The result

Isaac’s previous employer agreed to settle Isaac’s claims for unfair dismissal and victimisation for the sum of £11,000, and also agreed to provide to Isaac with an agreed form of reference for prospective employers.

Chris Hadrill, the solicitor who represented Isaac in his case, commented on the matter: “Although this case didn’t go all the way to a full merits hearing in the Employment Tribunal, I’m confident that – weighing up the risks and rewards of litigation properly – the right decision was made to settle the case, and my client can now proceed with his life again.”

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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    Anonymous

    Highly professional and efficient service.

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    Tanya T

    I had the pleasure of Chris and Sacha’s experience with a work matter. They made me feel at ease with the process and explained everything thoroughly. Would happily recommend Redmans especially Chris and use them if needed I’m the future. Thank you!

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    Anonymous

    I used the services of Redmans solicitors and was a quick outstanding service I engaged them in a settlement agreement after been made redundant extremely professional at all that was done and would definetly use them again

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    Adrian A

    Spot on support, enough to get the matter at hand sorted. No beating around the bush, no nonsense - got the job done and we all moved on.

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    Mark Q

    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.

    Posted 1 week ago

    Ade A

    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

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    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.

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Anonymous

    Efficient and quick service!

    Posted 1 month ago

    Karen B

    Quick response very helpful Issue raised dealt with very quickly

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    Carmen T

    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.

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anonymous

    Very grateful for Mel’s efforts in handling my case from start to finish which I would have found very stressful without it. She was very professional, friendly and we had a positive outcome. Highly recommend.

    Posted 1 month ago

    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

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

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

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

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

    Posted 2 months ago

    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.

    Posted 2 months ago

    Anonymous

    Very quick and professional service , Rana was very helpful

    Posted 2 months ago

    James G

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

    Posted 3 months ago

    Pravina P

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

    Posted 3 months ago