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Settlement Agreement LEGAL Advice

has your employer had a ‘without prejudice’ or ‘protected’ conversation with you?

Have you been offered or given a settlement agreement?

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Someone who will work with you to get the best resolution for you?

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Your questions answered
What is a settlement agreement

A settlement agreement (previously known as a compromise agreement) is a document by which you waive your statutory employment rights against your employer (or former employer) in return for payment and/or other benefits from them.

In order to be legally effective and binding, you must obtain legal advice from an independent legal adviser and your employer will pay for that.

Get in touch with us today and we will give you not just legal advice but also guidance and support through the whole process, ensuring that you get the best outcome for you.

What is a protected conversation

A protected conversation (or ‘without prejudice’ conversation) is a conversation (either verbally or in writing) between you and your employer which is aimed at trying to find a mutually agreeable resolution to an employment situation.

Your employer can’t force you to have a protected conversation but we usually recommend that there’s no harm in listening to what they have to say. You don’t have to agree with what your employer says and you don’t have to accept their offer. Simply thank them for their time and let them know that you will go and consider your options before making a decision.

Get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can help you find the best resolution for you.

Do I have to sign the settlement agreement

No. You cannot be forced to sign the agreement and you should only do so if it’s in your best interests.

Get in touch with us today and we will explore your options with you, ensuring that you get the best outcome for you, including not signing if that’s what is best for you.

Can I negotiate the terms of my settlement agreement

You can (and should) always try! It doesn’t mean that the negotiation will be successful. Your employer can’t force you to sign the settlement agreement but you can’t force them to negotiate either.

Get in touch with us today and we will guide you through the negotiation process, ensuring that you get the best outcome for you.

Will I get an agreed reference

You can ask for one but that doesn’t mean it will be given. Even if you get an agreed reference, the vast majority are only a few lines long. They will include basic information, like name, dates of employment and job title. It’s very rare to see the long, glowing references of the past.

Get in touch with us today and we will guide you through the negotiation process, ensuring that you get the best outcome for you.

When will my employment end

If you are still employed, the settlement agreement will include an employment end date.

Like all terms in the agreement, you can ask to change the end date but that doesn’t mean that your employer will agree.

Get in touch with us today and we will guide you through the negotiation process, ensuring that you get the best outcome for you.

Are the payments tax-free

The tax rules on settlement agreement payments can be a bit complex. Some payments are tax-free and others aren’t.

Get in touch with us today and we will discuss the tax treatment with you as part of our settlement agreement advice.

How soon will I be paid

Payment dates will be included in the settlement agreement.

Like all terms in the agreement, you can ask to change them but that doesn’t mean that your employer will agree.

Get in touch with us today and we will guide you through the negotiation process, ensuring that you get the best outcome for you.

For a no-obligation initial settlement agreement review and to discuss how we can support you in reaching the right outcome for you, please:

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