Settlement Agreements Cardiff

Let’s end it here

A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract between an employer and an employee.  The employer is willing to provide the employee with a severance payment if the employee is willing to leave their job immediately and not to pursue any claims in a Tribunal or court. Therefore, the parties agree to ‘settle’ a matter before it goes any further.

Employers often offer such an agreement if they want to terminate a contract without going through a long, drawn-out process.  If there perhaps already had been issues about grievances or performance, the employer could circumvent a claim for unfair or constructive dismissal.  A settlement agreement will ensure a clean break without repercussions from a court or Tribunal. All employers, when considering and entering into a settlement agreement should follow the ACAS Code of Practice.

You need a solicitor.

A settlement agreement under UK law will only be recognised if a solicitor or trained trade union advisor signs off on it.  

Our specialist employment solicitors at Robertson Solicitors will be able to advise you on the merits of settlement agreements in Cardiff and identify any issues of which you might not be aware.  We will help you get the best deal possible.

Settlement Agreement FAQs

No, such behaviour would be improper, and you could go to the UK Employment Tribunal. If you are unhappy with a particular settlement agreement, you need not sign it. Instead, work with us at Robertsons Solicitors to negotiate for a better outcome.   We can advise you on any merits you may have in either a constructive or unfair dismissal claim.

Yes, usually, an employer will contribute between £300.00 and £500.00 (plus VAT) for you to get independent legal advice.  The amount can also be higher in the case of a complicated issue.

Once the settlement agreement is signed, you should be paid within one to three weeks.  Your employer might ask to pay outstanding salary or accrued holiday payments through their payroll on the regular Payroll date.

Most settlement agreements have a confidentially clause.  Except to tell your immediate family and professional advisors, you are not allowed to discuss the terms and content of a settlement agreement with anybody.

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