For one reason or another, our place of work may not be the right fit for us. We may make this decision for ourselves and seek new employment, but in some cases our employer may give us a document referred to as a settlement agreement.
A settlement agreement is a document which should include certain terms and compensation that will allow for your amicable dismissal from a company and should be beneficial for both you and your employer.
Legal Advice on Settlement Agreements
Each of us should be able to trust in the integrity and good will of our employer.
However, when handed a settlement agreement it is important that you get the required legal advice to ensure that you are receiving a deal that is fair and beneficial for you.
Understanding Settlement Agreements and the Law
At AWH Solicitors, we have a team of experienced employment law solicitors who are here to help you through what can be a distressing and confusing time.
Learn more about settlement agreements, why legal advice is needed, and what legal support AWH Solicitors can provide.
What is a settlement agreement?
If an employer doesn’t have grounds for dismissal but feels like they aren’t profiting from employing a particular member of staff, they may propose a settlement agreement to relieve the employee from their duties in a lawful and amicable way.
A settlement agreement can offer a fast and clean break from your employer without becoming caught up in legal claims which can be a lengthy and stressful process.
Compromise and compensation
A settlement agreement was formerly known as a compromise agreement and is exactly that, a compromise.
It is a formal document which must be signed by both employer and employee to agree to the terms of an employee’s dismissal.
Usually the settlement agreement will involve giving the employee a compensation sum in return for certain conditions.
Typically these conditions will include not making a claim of unfair or wrongful dismissal against the employer.
Why legal advice and support is important
If you have been given a settlement agreement by your employer you should seek the advice of an independent employment law solicitor.
Our solicitors can support you with their extensive knowledge on employment law to ensure you get the best deal possible.
What to expect in a settlement agreement
Settlement agreements are often full of complicated legal terms which may make the document difficult to understand.
Complex legal jargon and a high number of terms and pages can further hide crucial components of the arrangement that you would not agree to.
Getting you the best outcome
An experienced employment law specialist will not only relay the document in a manageable way, but find the best outcome for you. Our settlement agreement services will include:
- Explaining the terms of the document and their effect
- Outlining your eligibility to bring a claim against your employer
- How much compensation you can expect from such claims
- Advise whether legal action would be more beneficial
- Negotiate the settlement agreement’s terms directly with your employer and their legal team to ensure you get the best deal
It is essential that you seek legal advice before signing the settlement agreement because once the agreement is signed, you can no longer negotiate amendments or bring forward a claim.
Employment Law Solicitors for Settlement Agreements
Everyone should feel respected and secure in their place of work.
In some cases you would have been well aware your employer was considering offering you a settlement agreement, in other cases it might come as a total shock.
In whichever situation, the termination of your contract and employment can become a great threat to your professional and financial security.
Getting you the Best Terms in your Settlement Agreement
By doing everything within our power to see that you get the best terms in your settlement agreement, we hope the work of our excellent employment solicitors will help you to start your new path, with as little stress and pressure as possible.
We promise to protect and support our clients until they receive the recognition and agreement that they deserve from their employer.
We are here to listen, advise and to ensure that you are given the best legal support available.
AWH Solicitors supports clients with their employment tribunal claims on a no-win-no-fee basis. This means that as a client, you won’t put yourself at any financial risk.
If your case isn’t successful you don’t pay a penny, and if you do win you will keep all of the compensation awarded.
Since the 26th of July 2017 employees no longer need to pay fees to a tribunal to make an employment claim in the UK, making it possible for you to start your claim with our specialist support without spending any money.
Full transparency at all times
We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.
Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.
Please be aware that cost may differ depending on your personal circumstances.
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