A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding contract between you and your employer used to terminate the employment normally on the basis that you will receive some compensation. A Settlement Agreement prevents you from later pursuing any employment claims against your employer. For this reason such Settlement Agreements are only enforceable if you have received independent legal advice.
If you have received a Settlement Agreement, our team of expert solicitors will not only be able to advise you on the terms, but also whether there is scope to possibly improve those terms, in particular, any financial offer that you may have been given.
Our employment solicitors are sympathetic in their approach, appreciating the sensitivities involved with such agreements and ensuring matters are concluded to your satisfaction.
When faced with a Settlement Agreement, you need to have confidence in your adviser and trust them to be clear regarding the likely fees to be incurred. With Settlement Agreements, the employer generally makes a contribution to the employee’s legal costs in taking advice on the agreement. Our aim is, whenever possible, to ensure that all the fees are paid by the employer and not you.
Ultimately, our aim is to achieve an outcome that meets or exceeds your expectations.
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