You may have had a conversation with your employer about leaving. You may have had an initial conversation about a settlement agreement or you may have been provided with a draft agreement and been told to take it to a solicitor.
We can provide you with guidance from the initial conversations with your employer about exiting the business through to negotiating the terms of the settlement agreement.
Sometimes a settlement agreement can be agreed amicably, and you may be happy to leave. On other occasions, the offer from your employer may have come as a complete surprise and you are angry and maybe even upset that your employer is looking to exit you from the business. We understand that this can be a stressful time and we provide clear, easy to understand advice on your rights and the terms of the agreement.
Our aim is to ensure that you fully understand the terms of the agreement and also to negotiate on your behalf to get the best deal possible for you. We will also talk to you about the alternatives to signing an agreement, such as bringing a claim and the benefits or negatives of signing a settlement agreement versus bringing a claim.
Your employer is right to tell you that you need to see a solicitor for the settlement agreement to be signed. Failure to get it signed by a solicitor may make the agreement legally invalid. It is likely that your employer will agree to pay for you to see a solicitor for you to receive the advice needed on the settlement agreement. We would then simply invoice your employer directly rather than you having to pay and claim the money back from your employer.