Do I need a solicitor for a settlement agreement?

The short answer is yes, you do need a solicitor for a settlement agreement.

For a settlement agreement to be legally binding, the law requires that an employee obtains legal advice from a ‘relevant independent adviser’. If you do not obtain advice from an adviser such as a solicitor qualified in employment law, neither you nor your employer will be able to enforce the settlement agreement.

The advice you get, which will be of great benefit to you, will include:
• A clear explanation of the terms of your settlement agreement and the implications of those terms
• An opinion of the suitability of the offer within the settlement agreement
• An assessment of whether there is scope to negotiate other terms that would be of benefit to you
• Negotiation with your employer if appropriate

If you’re still not sure if you need a solicitor for a settlement agreement, give us a call. Remember, once you’ve signed a settlement agreement you will not be able to pursue an employment related claim against your employer. So it’s important to get legal advice before you sign any documentation.
We offer an initial free consultation exactly for this reason, so you can make an informed decision on what you need to do. If you’d like to take advantage of this, please do call us on 0800 304 7255. We’d be delighted to have the opportunity to discuss your situation with you.


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