Redmans Helps Client Increase Settlement Agreement Offer by Over £3,500

Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, represented a client who was accused of misconduct in the workplace in settlement agreement negotiations and secured an increase of over £3,500 to their settlement offer. Chris also helped the client secure other amendments to their settlement agreement.

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Melania (not her real name) worked for a nursery company for a number of years. She was approached by her employer and told that she was being accused of being disruptive in the workplace and lying. Melania disputed these allegations and sought legal advice.

She instructed Redmans to negotiate her settlement agreement offer for her and Chris Hadrill, the partner and employment law solicitor at Redmans, advised Melania on her matter. In particular, Melania wanted to negotiate the tax-free ex-gratia value of the package she was being offered and improve the reference she was being offered.

What We Did

Chris discussed Melania’s concerns about the situation with her, as well as the requirements that she had for the amendment of the settlement agreement. Chris agreed on a list of amendments with Melania and sought to negotiate these with her employer, representing her in the settlement agreement negotiations.

Chris negotiated a higher value of the settlement agreement offer (an increase of £3,500 to the ex-gratia value that had initially been proposed) for Melania. Chris also managed to persuade Melania’s employer to amend the reference as Melania had requested, as well as securing a number of other improvements to the settlement agreement that Melania had requested.

Finally, it was agreed that Melania’s employer would increase their coverage of legal fees under the settlement agreement so as to cover a large amount of the cost of Melania receiving legal advice.

The Result

After a short period of negotiation, as detailed above, Melania’s employer agreed to:

  • Increase the value of the tax-free ex-gratia sum of the settlement agreement by over £3,500 (a sum equal to approximately a month’s salary for Melania),
  • Pay Melania out for her notice period and holiday,
  • Improve the reference as Melania had requested, and
  • Increase the value of the legal cost coverage that her employer was willing to pay.

It was also agreed that the terms of the agreement – and the reason for Melania leaving her employer – would be covered by a mutual confidentiality clause, that both parties would agree to not say derogatory things about the other after the agreement was completed, and that Melania would receive an agreed written reference from the business in the future.

Chris Hadrill, the specialist employment solicitor who dealt with Melania’s case, commented on the case:

“I was delighted to assist Melania in securing an improvement to the terms of her settlement agreement offer and, in particular, improving the nature of the reference that was to be provided and the value of the tax-free ex-gratia sum payable under the settlement agreement.”

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