Settlement agreement solicitors

What are employment settlement agreements?

Settlement agreements, formerly known as compromise agreements, are a binding written agreement between an employee and their employer under which the employee agrees to settle an employment tribunal claim that they have or potentially have against their employer.

Employers and employees enter into a settlement agreement where the employer pays the employee a sum of compensation and the employee gives up their right to bring a tribunal claim or discontinues any proceedings that have been commenced. The agreement will often provide for arrangements for return of property and agree terms of a reference.

The employee must go to their own independent solicitor or advisor for advice and the employer usually pays for the advice as part of the agreed package.

Negotiations before dismissal or settlement

The law allows some discussions between employers and employees to be conducted in a without prejudice way that cannot be referred to in any subsequent tribunal proceedings.

Getting advice about settlement agreements

If you have been offered a settlement agreement by your employer you need to seek independent legal advice.

Why do I need independent legal advice?

It is important that you seek independent legal advice before signing a settlement agreement, and also a legal requirement. Once you sign the agreement you will not be able to make a claim against your employer at the employment tribunal.

Who pays for my independent legal advice?

Normally your employer will agree to pay for you to receive independent legal advice.

Make an appointment for advice about your settlement agreement

You can arrange an appointment to see an employment lawyer for advice about your settlement agreement at our offices in London EC2, or Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

Please call our reception team at Potters Bar to make an appointment at the London or Hertfordshire offices on 01707 246100 (9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday).

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The legal team at Bishopsgate Law

The employment law solicitors at Bishopsgate Law are:

  • Martin Phillips
  • Ian Hurst
  • Karina Laird

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