Our lawyers can help you negotiate a compromise or settlement agreement. We’ll ensure the terms are fair and that you get the best deal possible. Call our employment solicitors today on 0207 650 3939.

What Is A Settlement Agreement?

A settlement agreement is a contract where an employee agrees to give up any employment claims against their employer, usually in exchange for compensation.

Employers often use these agreements to lay out the terms under which an employee will leave the company. The employer may also use the agreement to protect themselves, e.g. by adding confidentiality clauses and restrictions on competition.

Employers can also use settlement agreements when an employee is staying with the company but the employer wants certainty that a dispute has been fully resolved.

Why Do Employers Use Settlement Agreements?

Using a settlement agreement can often avoid formal disciplinary or redundancy procedures. This can save time and money, and also remove the risk of claims for unfair dismissal.

To prevent employment law claims, an agreement has to meet certain requirements. It has to be in writing and the employee must get independent legal advice on what the agreement means from a qualifying legal adviser, such as a member of our team.

How Can We Help Employees?

Your employer will usually offer to draft a settlement agreement. We can help you negotiate to ensure the terms are fair. This could include:

  • Compensation or redundancy payments
  • Confidentiality
  • An obligation not to make negative comments about you
  • An agreed reference

We have one of the biggest employment law teams in the UK, with offices across the country. We’re experts in getting the best settlements possible for our clients, and have experience across a wide range of industries.

We regularly act for senior executives and high net worth individuals, including in complex agreements that include director duties and responsibilities.

To talk to us about a settlement agreement and how we can help, call us today on 0207 650 3939.

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