Settlement Agreements

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We specialise in reviewing settlement agreements and negotiating higher settlement sums for clients. This is a service we have developed a strong reputation for, and have often negotiated a more than satisfactory settlement for our clients.

We organise and review a number of settlement agreements on a regular basis. We have represented a range of clients from public and private sectors across various industries. Although we are a London based firm, we can organise meetings through teleconferencing systems for clients all across the UK.

Negotiating a Settlement Agreement

The purpose of our service is not just to review and explain the legal aspects of the settlement agreement, but rather, to find ways to negotiate a higher settlement sum. We do this by reviewing the following aspects:

  • Reason for your dismissal from your employment
  • Issues that you have faced in your employment, if any
  • Possibilities for an employment tribunal case
  • Your entitlement based on your salary, notice period and the current job market

We will aim to assist and represent you in the best possible manner. Often, there are legal elements to a settlement agreement that some solicitors overlook. Our experience has allowed us to make sure we cover all aspects of your employment and your severance.

Organising a Settlement Agreement review

We understand that in some cases you would like for a settlement agreement to be reviewed as soon as possible, and we will aim to accommodate all such requests.

As long as you have an agreement, please contact us and we will make sure we are able to give you the service we are renowned for.

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Abdul carries out a broad range of legal work which include reviewing settlement agreements.

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Settlement Agreement Questions

I am being offered a settlement agreement as a result of grievance, is this common?

Raising a grievance or going through an employment tribunal matter after a workplace dispute is not an easy process. In many cases, resolving the matter through a settlement agreement is the way to go in order to amicably conclude employment issues.

Can I ask my employer for a settlement agreement?

Yes, you can request your employer to offer you a settlement agreement as a way to resolve an employment dispute.

What is the purpose of a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is also known as a ‘severance’ or ‘redundancy agreement’. It used to be called a ‘compromise agreement’, because the employer and the employee would compromise to reach a mutually understood agreement.

A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract that achieves the following:

  • Restrict employees from suing their employer after they have received a sum of money
  • Disallow an employee to make an employment tribunal claim or any other type of claim that has been listed in the settlement agreement

There is a legal requirement for the employee to receive independent legal advice for a settlement to be legally binding.

What are the legal requirements of a settlement agreement?
  • A settlement agreement must be given to an employee in writing
  • It must relate to a particular proceeding(s) or complaint(s)
  • It must be signed by the employee after the employee has received independent legal advice
  • The legal adviser, in our case Solicitors, must be identified and insured
  • The agreement must state that the requirements regulating the settlement agreement have been satisfied.
What rights do I have as an employer and does a settlement agreement remove those?

All employees have rights under English law. We cover these rights briefly as follows.

  • Contractual rights – Set out in an employment and cover job title, holiday entitlement, right to be paid a salary,  and any other benefits as well as the notice period.
  • Common law rights – General law rights that outline how you should be treated by your employer. 
  • Statutory rights – These derive from UK statute and if you have any employment issues, the claim can only be pursued in an Employment Tribunal. These rights protect you from:
      • Unfair dismissal
      • Right to a statutory redundancy payment
      • Right not to suffer unauthorised deductions from your wages
      • Right not to be discriminated against based on certain prohibited grounds such as marital status, gender, racial origin, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religion, trade union membership and age.
      • Right to receive a minimum wage
      • Right to receive maternity and paternity rights
      • And a lot more
Why should you use a solicitor like Freeman Harris to review your settlement agreement?

Settlement agreements are a legal document and can include clauses that discuss Acts and Regulations, which would not be familiar to you. Our job is to simplify the agreement and explain it to you in layman terms.

It is also a legal requirement that you get professional legal advice on the agreement and for it to be signed by the advisor before it is signed off.

According to the Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998, that advice can only be given by a qualified lawyer, a qualified trade union official or a qualified centre worker, covered by an indemnity insurance.

Copyright Fees

Agreement Review

Fees: £500 (Often covered by the employer)

Negotiating Higher Sum

Additional Sum Negotiated: 15% of total sum

Fees inclusive of VAT and disbursements
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