Employment Settlement agreement

Our employment lawyers provide independent legal advice to employees on settlement agreements. We can help you secure the best terms for your agreement.


Employment settlement agreement specialists

With expert advice, you can ensure any employment settlement agreement is in your best interests and that you fully understand and agree to all of its terms.

While it’s likely your employer already has experience of negotiating settlements, for employees, it is usually an unfamiliar and daunting process. You may feel under pressure to quickly agree and settle, if only to bring an end to the stress and uncertainty.

Before you sign, you will need to take independent legal advice. A settlement agreement is a legally binding document and once signed, you and your employer will be bound by all of its provisions.


Need independent legal advice on a settlement agreement?

DavidsonMorris offer specialist employment settlement agreement advice and support to employees.

We can help ensure any agreement you sign with your employer is drafted in your best interests and that your legal rights are fully enforced and protected.

Whether you want advice on a settlement agreement you have already been offered, or want to initiate a settlement agreement with your employer, we can provide advice in light of your specific circumstances.

We are highly experienced in assessing settlement offers and securing a fair settlement through specialist negotiation. We will help you to understand your full contractual and statutory entitlements and to identify a fair level of compensation that you should reasonably expect to achieve given the facts of the matter.

We consider all factors, including the strength and merit of your case, your options should you reject the offer and consideration of non-financial solutions such as returning to your role with undertakings from your employer to make certain changes in the workplace.

We will handle all communications with your employer and their representatives to ease the burden on you throughout the dispute process.

We also support with more complex aspects of settlement agreements such as:

  • Restrictive covenants – typically used in settlement agreements where they are included in the original contract of employment. The terms should be checked to ensure they do not go beyond the original contract terms and consideration should be given as to whether the terms can be negotiated to be less onerous or removed altogether. If the restrictive covenant is new, is it reasonable in the circumstances?
  • Protected conversations and without prejudice rules – with early instruction, we can provide guidance on the use of protected conversations and without prejudice and how these will impact negotiations and any disclosure in any subsequent tribunal hearings.

If you have been asked to sign a settlement agreement, employers will in many cases cover the cost of legal advice to review the agreement, so it is worth asking if this has not been offered already.

Contact us for advice.



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