If a dispute arises at work or you are being made redundant your employer may offer you a settlement agreement (formerly called a compromise agreement). You would normally receive an enhanced tax-free payment or other benefits in exchange for agreeing to waiver your legal rights to bring any employment tribunal or court claim against your employer. Settlement agreements normally require you to agree to other obligations and restrictions, which are also legally binding. Your employer should advise you to seek advice from an independent solicitor on the terms and effect of this agreement before signing it.
Doswell Law has extensive experience of advising employees on settlement agreements. We can provide you with clear advice on the specific terms of the settlement agreement including the taxable status of any payments and benefits and on any claims you may have against your employer. Our advice will allow you to make an informed decision about matters including whether to accept the agreement. We can also represent you in any settlement negotiations and ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for you. If matters cannot be settled we can represent you in any legal claims you may need to bring against your employer.
Where you are being offered a settlement agreement and your employer is contributing to your legal costs, we guarantee that you will not be charged more than what your employer is prepared to contribute towards those costs for reviewing and advising you on the terms and effect of the agreement.
If extensive negotiations are required they will normally be charged at our standard hourly rate although we can often negotiate an increase in your employer’s contribution to cover any additional costs incurred. We will always provide you with a clear estimate of any additional charges and will keep you regularly updated.
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