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Our specialist team provides dedicated experienced employment Solicitors to give independent, professional, confidential and clear advice in respect of Settlement Agreements (formerly known as Compromise Agreements).

We have a wide range of experience and expertise across all sectors of industry and business, private, public and voluntary sectors. We have experience of advising thousands of clients in connection with Settlement Agreements.

The point of a Settlement Agreement is to protect the employer, which is why it is vitally important for an employee to get the best independent advice.

Take a look at our helpful FAQ’s below:

Frequently Asked Questions

One way that an employment dispute can be settled between employees and employers is
through a binding Settlement Agreement (formerly known as a Compromise Agreement).
These agreements are usually designed to terminate an employee’s employment in return for a payment or other benefit.

The wording of such agreements is often complex and legalistic. It goes without saying that if you are offered a Settlement Agreement you need to fully understand the document before you can sign it. The law therefore says that a Settlement Agreement will not be legally binding unless an independent solicitor or adviser has advised the employee about the terms and effect of the agreement. We have years of experience advising on such agreements.

Settlement Agreements often settle all actual or potential legal claims that an employee may have against an employer connected to the employee’s employment or the fact that it is ending, such as unfair dismissal or discrimination claims. They also usually waive claims that might arise in the future. We can advise about the types of claim that should be excluded from the scope of the Settlement Agreement. There are also often other complex and detailed obligations about which you will need expert, independent advice.

Be careful what you sign. Settlement Agreements can be very complex. What appears to be straightforward might have legal consequences that you are not aware of – but if you sign the agreement, you will have to live with them. We take the stress out of the process for you. We look for the drafting errors and the unintended consequences that you might miss. Are all obligations mutual? Does your employer need to treat you the same way you are expected to treat them? Is a reference part of the deal? How important might it be in the future? What are your rights in this regard? What warranties are you expected to give? How will they affect you a year from now? We can advise on all these things and we promise to explain them all in plain English.

In most cases an employer will pay the employee’s legal fees for obtaining advice about the
Settlement Agreement.

Timescales vary for completion. Payments and benefits are usually provided to the employee within 7 to 21 days of the Settlement Agreement being completed. We understand that sometimes Settlement Agreements need to be finalised quickly and because of its size, experience and the use of the latest technology, our employment team is able to provide detailed advice and assistance urgently and at short notice.

Get the right advice
We are a law firm for individuals. Having represented private clients, trade union members and staff association members for over 100 years we have extensive experience in giving advice to individuals on all aspects of employment law, including Settlement Agreements. Our clients are employees across a broad spectrum of industries, within small local businesses, public authorities, national bodies and the largest corporations. This experience means we know what to look for in a Settlement Agreement, relevant to your industry, profession or specialised area of work.

We have a flexible approach and can accept appointments outside normal office hours as required and regularly advise in collective redundancy scenarios, providing employees with prompt, quality advice. We also regularly undertake advice surgeries for employees at employers’ premises.

Recent feedback we have received states “every member of staff who saw you regarding their Settlement Agreements during the voluntary redundancy process has given me unsolicited excellent feedback about you”.

For further information please take a look at our Settlement Agreement Factsheet.

If you’ve been offered a Settlement Agreement, we offer to check through the terms of your Settlement Agreement for free. Simply complete our form below and we will get back to you.

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