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  • Article: Distrust in the Workplace  -   Signing a settlement agreement and leaving your job can be the step to a whole new career and a positive lifestyle change. However, in many cases, it’s nothing of the sort. Being laid off can come as a huge shock: it’s financially worrying as well as emotionally demoralising...read



  • Worried about redundancy? Six things to make it better. Read more.


  • Jonathan Holden, Employment Law Partner at Forbes Solicitors answers our latest settlement agreement question. Should an employee accept the offer or appeal the decision to dismiss? Read more.


  • Employment Solicitor Tom Moyes explains an employee may be entitled to more than statutory redundancy pay in some circumstances. Read more.


  • Latest 'Ask an Expert' - What does 'Without Prejudice Save as to Costs' mean? Charles Millett Employment Partner at Morecrofts LLP answers...


  • Ask an Expert: Can an employee start a settlement agreement discussion?  Carol Shaw, Partner at Spratt Endicott Solicitors answers...

  • Ask an Expert: Should I be accompanied to a settlement agreement discussion?  Emma Newbould, an Employment Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors answers...


  • Q&A - Settlement Agreements: What are the consequences for my pension? Jon Curtis Employment Partner at Ironmonger Curtis answers...


  • Ask an Expert: I am being made redundant, and my employer has asked me to sign a Settlement Agreement. Why would an employer ask me to do that?  Fiona Martin, Director and Head of Employment Department at Martin Searle Solicitors answers...


  • Read our updated employer's section. Answers to your questions given from Stephenson Harwood, Mills & Reeve, and Morecrofts. Read more.


  • Ask the Expert: Is it true that my settlement payment can be made gross?  Jon Curtis, partner at Ironmonger Curtis Solicitors answers...


  • Article by employment solicitor Chris Bushnell discusses Pre-Termination Negotiations and how and when to offer a settlement agreement. Read more.


  • Camilla Palmer's Guide to Confidentiality and Settlement Agreements. Camilla is Head of Employment Law and Discrimination at Leigh Day and Co. Guides.

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Q: I've been offered a settlement agreement because my employer is unhappy with my performance. I think I should sign it and look for a new job but the money I'm being offered won't tide me over for long. What are the main ways that I can negotiate a higher offer? Julie Taylor, Senior Associate at Gardner Leader law firm answers..

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Its normal for employers to contribute towards the cost of an employee getting advice from a solicitor on a settlement agreement.  If you’re happy with the settlement agreement terms the employer’s contribution is normally sufficient to cover the costs.  If you want help negotiating a better deal the solicitor will talk to you about the best options available for you. For added peace of mind our panel solicitors will never charge you for initial telephone advice, so you can call and have a confidential and free discussion with a specialist employment solicitor.

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15 January 2016 - St Helens Council to appeal an multi-million pound Equal Pay Award by an employment tribunal in relation to employees it says agreed a settlement

January 2016 - A recent case found an employer guilty of disability discrimination when giving an adverse job reference. The employee had left under a settlement agreement which included an agreed reference but the line manager subsequently provided a negative oral reference resulting in the withdrawal of a job offer. Pnaiser v NHS England and Coventry City Council

13 October  2015 - Did the Chelsea FC Doctor sign a settlement agreement? Interesting article on potential arguments for a claim.

17 April 2015 - An employment tribunal has awarded a female banker £3.2 million compensation for sexual discrimination and harassment.  As a consequence of her employer's deliberate bullying during the tribunal hearing the tribunal awarded her extra compensation for aggravated damages.

1 March 2015 - The EAT determined a non-derogatory  (bad-mouthing) clause in a settlement agreement did not stop an employer making a disclosure about the employee to a regulatory body. Zinda v Ark Schools.

17 July 2014 - The Advocate General opinion on equality and obesity is Judgement here.

11 June 2014 - We're in the Daily Mail's 'This is Money' today.

9 May 2014 - It's been reported that David Moyes has reached a settlement with Manchester United following his sacking. There's been widespread speculation as to how much compensation Moyes would be paid under any settlement agreement. Media reports said he may be entitled to one year's salary, believed to be up to 5 million pounds.

6 April 2014 - The ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme comes into force today. Read more.

19 January 2014 - Acas' Early Conciliation service will launch on 6 April 2014. More information can be obtained from ACAS.

9 September 2013 - The Government has published its report on average bonus earnings 2013. For more information here's an infographic.

30 July - ACAS publishes 'Settlement Agreements: A Guide'.  Four employment solicitors comment on the Guide. Read more.

29 July 2013 - Settlement Agreements and Pre-Termination Negotiations come into force today.

8 July 2013 - The statutory provisions renaming compromise agreements to settlement agreements and introducing pre-termination negotiations will come into force on 29 July 2013.  

8 June 2013 - ACAS has published its response to the consultation on its settlement agreements code of practice. The response contains the final version of the Code of Settlement Agreements.

26 May 2013 - ACAS to publish a template settlement agreement for employers to use.  

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Settlement Agreements and Capability

Q: My employer has said I can leave now under a settlement agreement or I'll be taken down a capability route, after which my employment might be terminated anyway.  What's involved in a capability procedure and how long would it take? I'm thinking the settlement offer of two months’ pay plus my one month's notice isn't great.  What are the pros and cons and is it realistic to ask for a positive reference if my employer is expressing concerns about my performance? Any advice?"

Ian Carey, Principal Solicitor at Careys Law answers...

Settlement Agreements and Post-Termination Restrictions

Q: My settlement agreement introduces new post-termination restrictions stopping me work for a competitor and requiring me to handover all of the information about my LinkedIn contacts and then delete them from my account. I've checked my employment contract and there's no restrictions in there. I'm happy with the financial terms but I'm worried the restrictions will mean I can't get another job for a while. Any advice?  Darren Tibble, Employment Solicitor and Director of DC Employment Solicitors answers...

Settlement Agreement Advice

Q: Why do I need a solicitor to advise me on a settlement agreement? Gorvins Solicitors answers...

Derogatory / negative comments about my employer

Q: I am leaving my employment under a settlement agreement and it contains a clause which states that I will not say anything bad about my employer after the termination of my employment. Can they stop me doing this and what would happen if I spoke about them after I’ve signed the agreement? They can’t stop me telling the truth about them, can they? Ian Carey, employment solicitor at Careys Law answers

Settlement Agreements and Injury to Feelings Awards

Q: Is my payment for injury to feelings exempt from tax? Gemma Sherbourne, Employment Solicitor at Schofield Sweeney Solicitors answers...