The employment rights team at Morrish Solicitors last month advised over 250 employees on the terms of their compromise agreements from a major employer effecting a mass redundancy.
Many remain unaware that compromise agreements are only effective if the employee has access to independent legal advice before they sign it. When offering compromise agreements to those facing redundancy, employers are legally obliged to provide for independent professional advice to those employees. This particular employer approached the team at Morrish for the firm’s trade union credentials, plus the fact that the firm acts for claimants only, thus avoiding the possibility of impropriety or conflict of interest.
Speaking earlier today, Senior Partner Paul Scholey applauded the employer’s commitment to independent quality advice in appointing his firm, saying “It is vitally important for employees to get the right advice before they sign a compromise agreement, otherwise they could be signing away valuable benefits, such as payment protection insurance on a mortgage or credit card, or a simple clause may turn a tax-free payment into a taxable payment. An employer that appoints a specialist claimant employment team, such as ourselves, with a reputation of acting for employees and trade unions only, clearly demonstrates their commitment to their workforce.”
For further information, please contact Vanessa Charters on 07595-564764.