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Our specialist team consists of experienced employment Solicitors who offer 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

It’s an agreement used to settle employment disputes between employees and employers or to agree termination of employment. These used to be known as compromise agreements.

The wording of such agreements is often complex and legalistic. If you are offered a settlement agreement you need to fully understand the document before you can sign it. For a settlement agreement to be legally binding the law requires an independent solicitor or adviser to advise about the terms and effect of the agreement.

We have many years of experience in advising about such agreements across the UK.

It often settles all actual or potential legal claims that an employee may have against an employer connected to employment or the fact that employment is ending, such as unfair dismissal or discrimination claims.

We can advise about the types of claim that should be kept out and excluded from the scope of the agreement, such as latent personal injury claims, pension rights and the right to enforce the terms of the agreement.

There are also often complex and detailed obligations about which you will need expert, independent advice.

Always be careful about what you sign.

These agreements can be very complex. What appears to be straightforward might have important 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, looking for the drafting errors and the unintended consequences that you might miss.

For example, are the legal obligations mutual and balanced? Does your employer need to treat you the same way you are expected to treat them?

Is an agreed employment reference part of the deal and part of the agreement? How important might it be in the future?

What warranties are you expected to give within the agreement? 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.

Your employer will normally pay the legal fees for obtaining advice about the settlement agreement.

Timescales can vary but it’s often urgent.

They often need to be finalised quickly and because of our 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.

We regularly negotiate changes to the content and terms of these agreements.

Get the right advice

We are a law firm for individuals. Having represented private clients and members of trade unions, associations and professional bodies 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 and sectors, 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 workplace, industry, profession or 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.

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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