Settlement Agreements Legal Advice
If you are looking to terminate the contract of one of your employees, you should seek the advice of a legal professional to ensure that all the correct procedures are followed. Our lawyers can provide you with settlement agreements legal advice to ensure you are compliant with your requirements.
Our highly respected legal specialists are well versed in this field and will do our utmost to ensure your business interests are protected. Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors has been helping firms across the Wirral, Liverpool and further afield for more than 100 years.
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How can our settlement agreement lawyers help you?
At Percy Hughes & Roberts, we are committed to providing the highest standard of service to our clients, and we will do our utmost to ensure your business is fully protected against potential claims.
It is important that you take legal advice to make sure that you do not leave yourself open to any future litigation and that all procedures are followed.
We can help you to determine whether you are within your rights to terminate the employment in the first place. If you are, whether you will need to come to a settlement agreement with the member of staff in question to avoid tribunal proceedings and protect you from any future proceedings.
Why choose Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors?
By choosing Percy Hughes & Roberts, you can rest assured that your business is in good hands. We always provide the highest standard of service, and have been helping people across the Wirral, Liverpool and further afield for more than a century.
We hold a number of industry accreditations, including Lexcel, the Law Society's quality standard. This means we are recognised for providing top-tier legal services to our clients.
What is a settlement agreement?
A settlement agreement, formerly known as a compromise agreement, is a legally binding agreement between an employer and a member of staff whereby a severance payment is provided in return for the employee’s agreement not to pursue any claims in a court or tribunal.
Does my employee have to accept the terms in a settlement agreement?
An employee who is offered a settlement agreement is not obligated to accept it, they may turn down a settlement agreement on the basis that this is not the way they would like to deal with the termination of their contract. They also may turn it down if the settlement agreement amount that has been offered is not sufficient.
Can I threaten to dismiss my employee if they do not accept the settlement agreement?
If your employee rejects a settlement agreement and you threaten to dismiss them prior to the disciplinary process, then this may constitute improper behaviour. If a settlement agreement is not accepted and if there are disciplinary issues to be addressed, any disciplinary action should be taken following your own policies and procedures or as a minimum following the ACAS code of practice on the same.
Can my employee ask for a settlement agreement?
In certain circumstances, an employee may ask for a settlement agreement - for instance, in situations where they believe trust and confidence has broken down. One example of this would be where a grievance has not been upheld, or where you have recently disciplined an employee and they do not accept the outcome.
You do not have to accept a settlement agreement put forward by a member of staff, and you should consider whether this would be beneficial for your business.
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