If your employer has provided you with a settlement agreement to consider, it is essential that you seek specialist legal advice, which we can provide for you at Simpsons Solicitors. A settlement agreement (formerly known as ‘compromise agreement’) is often used when the relationship between an employer and an employee has broken down and it has been decided the best way to resolve the situation is to bring the employment to an end. Sometimes an employer suggests the use of a settlement agreement even when employment is ending on amicable terms, but they wish to formalise the arrangement to protect their position and provide certainty for both parties. This may also make financial sense for you.
Guidance from an employment lawyer is very important for you through this process so you fully understand what you are agreeing to, and you will need to obtain independent legal advice on the settlement agreement before you sign it in order for it to be legally binding. At Simpsons Solicitors, our team of employment law experts can offer specialist legal advice to you on the implications of entering into a settlement agreement. It is important that you understand that the agreement will in all likelihood prevent you from taking legal action against your employer in the future. We will therefore take the time to speak to you and discuss your particular situation so we can advise you appropriately of your rights and how they will be affected by entering into the settlement agreement, and we will ensure that certain of your legal rights are protected going forward. If you have any particular concerns about the wording or clauses in the agreement provided, we will explain these to you.
We're here to help you and to offer you independent legal advice and we will liaise directly with your employer on your behalf to negotiate the terms where necessary and to ensure the best deal for you in your situation.
Because you must obtain legal advice on the settlement agreement for it to be legally binding, we will make sure that your employer will pay for the advice you receive, so your legal costs will be covered. As such, we will not charge you for the advice we give; we will invoice your employer directly for our fees on conclusion of the settlement agreement.
If you have been provided with a settlement agreement, contact us at Simpsons Solicitors today and we will be happy to provide you with the necessary advice and guidance. We are normally able to offer a very short turnaround for completion if your employer given you a deadline for acceptance. We are able to advise you upon the settlement agreement over the telephone wherever you are based or, if required, we can also offer a meeting in person at either our Manchester or Liverpool offices. We look forward to hearing from you.