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Online Settlement Agreement Service

Solicitors in Essex & London

Our employment solicitors in Essex and London have considerable experience advising on and negotiating the terms of a settlement agreement for all levels of seniority.

Settlement agreements are a common method of bringing to an end the employment relationship and it is a record in writing of the terms of any settlement reached between you and your employer.

The effect of signing such an agreement is that you waive your employment rights to bring a claim against your employer, in consideration of receipt of a settlement payment and any other benefits which your employer agrees to give you.

For ease, why not use our Online Settlement Agreement Service below to upload the details and a solicitor from our Legal 500 Employment Department will contact you to progress matters. It takes just two minutes and will ensure that we have all the necessary details to be able to advise you without unnecessary delays.

Legal requirements

In order to be legally binding, settlement agreements must comply with the following requirements:
  • They must be in writing
  • They must relate to the particular complaint or particular proceedings about which there is a dispute. An employer cannot use a settlement agreement to seek to exclude all potential future claims
  • You must have received independent legal advice from a solicitor or other appropriately qualified advisor, as to the terms and effect of the proposed agreement
  • Your advisor must be identified in the agreement and must have in force a professional indemnity policy to cover the risk of giving negligent advice
  • The agreement must state that the above conditions relating to settlement agreements have been satisfied

What is generally included in a Settlement Agreement?

The settlement agreement will set out the financial and other terms upon which the employment relationship is terminated and obviously varies with each individual, but it should be drafted to include/exclude in accordance with the particular circumstances in question and will typically cover such key matters as:
  • Amount of your settlement payment and when it is payable
  • Personal injury claims or claims relating to future pension entitlement are likely to be expressly excluded
  • What Reference (if any) you will receive from your employer
  • Whether you are bound to observe confidentiality regarding the fact that you have been offered a settlement agreement
  • Whether you must observe any other restrictions after the employment has terminated e.g restrictive covenants
  • You are able to receive up to £30,000 exempt from tax, provided that it is a purely compensatory sum. This will vary and can be managed in order that what you receive is tax efficient
  • What level of contribution to your legal fees will be met by your employer

It is essential that you get independent legal advice regarding your settlement agreement as soon as possible.

Use our online service to provide your details and even upload your documents so that one of our employment solicitors can contact you to progress matters.

Simply fill in our two-minute settlement agreement service form to ensure that we have all the necessary details and we will contact you within one working day to discuss your options.

Online Settlement Agreement Service


Find out more with a free initial Employment Law consultation

If you'd like some initial legal advice relating to a settlement agreement, our expert employment solicitors in Essex and London will be happy to undertake an initial interview over the telephone to provide you with some general advice. This will enable you to determine what the best next steps are for you to take.

Free initial telephone consultations are available at any of our offices located in Brentwood, Hornchurch or Upminster, or at our office facilities in Leigh-On-Sea and Canary Wharf, London. We understand that sometimes it is difficult to arrange calls during working hours, so we also offer early morning, late night and Saturday appointments. All offices are open until 7pm Monday-Thursday.

Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are currently offering appointments by telephone and some video calling services. Our offices are also open with comprehensive safety measures in place.

Our Employment Law accreditations include:

Employment Lawyers Association
Legal 500 UK 2019

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