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Independent Settlement Agreement Advice

Get clear, simple advice from an expert solicitor. Make sure your employer’s offer is fair. Negotiate a better settlement.

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Have you been offered a settlement agreement?

If so, you’ll need independent legal advice for it to be valid. And, you’ll want to make sure what you’re being offered is fair to you and your interests.

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What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a contract that sets out agreed terms and conditions for ending your employment. They are there to “settle” any disputes between you and your employer.

They help to resolve differences so you and your employer can go your separate ways amicably.

So, the terms of the agreement will be mutually agreed to make sure you’re both happy. Typically, this means you will receive a payment in return for giving up your rights to bring a claim against your employer.

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Why do I need advice from a solicitor?

For a settlement agreement to be legally binding, you need to get independent legal advice. That’s where we can help – we can make sure that what you’ve been offered is fair to you and your interests.

Our employment specialists will explain what your settlement agreement means and make sure you’re getting what you deserve. And, we may even be able to negotiate a better deal for you.

How much does the advice cost?

Settlement agreement advice typically costs £250-£500. However, most employers will add a clause to the agreement offering payment towards getting independent advice.

Most often, we can work for what we are able to recover from your employer.

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FAQs

Do I have to agree to a settlement agreement?

No, it is not mandatory for you to agree to a settlement agreement. However, you should know the terms and conditions of the agreement and any possible consequences of signing or not signing. That is why you should get independent legal advice.

How much can I get from a settlement agreement?

The amount you get from a settlement agreement will depend on your particular situation. Factors affecting the amount you could get include details of your contract and how long you have been employed by your employer. An independent advisor can help you decide if you’re getting a fair payment.

What happens if I refuse a settlement agreement?

If you refuse to sign a settlement agreement, your employer may still be able to terminate your employment. While it is is voluntary, it is best to get legal advice so you can make a more informed decision about whether or not you should sign your settlement agreement.

Can I negotiate a settlement agreement?

Yes, if you are unhappy with what you’ve been offered, you can negotiate on your settlement agreement. You have the right to negotiate terms and your employer might be expecting a counteroffer. If you are still unhappy after the negotiation, you are not obligated to agree.

Reviews

“We needed a solicitor to help with our severance package, Chris Rudd solicitors were the perfect choice no hassle no stress all dealt with efficiently with a caring attitude. Big enough to cope small enough to care.”

Joanne

“The advice received was spot on and both the pros and cons of any action were clearly explained. The facts weren’t sugar coated but told plainly which ensured the decisions I took were made with the full understanding of what the likely outcomes could be.”

Mr Monks

“Chris Rudd solicitors were very helpful and provided some great advice and assistance. I was kept well informed by polite and friendly staff. I would definitely recommend them.”

Sadie

Who provides the advice?

Chris Rudd is a solicitor who has been working in law for over 25 years. He has extensive experience and knowledge in a range of areas, including employment and redundancy.

By phone or video call, Chris will go through your settlement agreement with you. He will make sure you understand the terms, as well as offering advice on where you might be entitled to anything more.

Ultimately, Chris will make sure you fully understand your settlement agreement and that is it fair to what you are entitled to.

Chris Rudd

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