Settlement agreement solicitors
We have helped more than 3,000 employees in England and Wales with their employment law claims and we can help you with your claim.
Settlement agreement solicitor fees
Some fees can be paid by your employer, some fees are payable by you.
For detailed legal advice on the meaning of the terms in your settlement agreement (without any financial negotiations and without advice on the merits of any Employment Tribunal claims) our minimum fixed fee is £420 including VAT. Your employer will usually pay these legal costs.
Additional services available
If you're not sure if you are getting enough compensation as part of your settlement agreement, we can provide you with strategic advice on your options for a fixed fee starting from £120 including VAT. This fee will be payable by you.
After receiving our strategic advice on your options, you may decide that you want us to try and negotiate a better settlement offer from your employer. We can do this for a fixed fee of £630 including VAT, which will be payable by you.
We can review the settlement agreement, negotiate with your employer or their Solicitor, add any amendments if required so that appropriate terms are tailor-made to your specific circumstances, provide you with telephone advice as to the meaning and effect of the terms of the agreement and help you finalise your settlement agreement.
Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done, that price will not change, unless the original information we are given is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change.
At Co-op Legal Services our Settlement Agreement Solicitors only represent employees.
Our Solicitors and Lawyers work hard to help employees resolve work disputes and reach an amicable settlement with their employer through a settlement agreement that avoids the stress, uncertainty, time, costs, risks and career damage that can be associated with pursuing an Employment Tribunal claim.
I am delighted to be awarded such a significant settlement. I’d like to say thank you for you very prompt professional and personable support through this process. (Simon)
What you need to know about settlement agreements
Settlement Agreements, which were called Compromise Agreements, are legally binding documents. They are usually used to formally end the employment contract between an employer and employee and/or to settle a potential Employment Tribunal case.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the employee cannot bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal.
It is important to get the right legal advice about your claim, before agreeing to the terms of a compromise agreement. Our Employment Solicitors have specialist expertise in settlement agreements and have been supporting employees for over 8 years. We represent employees only, so you can rest assured that you will be getting expert advice about your settlement agreement from specialist Employment Solicitors who are on your side.
If you have been offered a settlement agreement we can help you.
Typically an employer will agree to pay your legal fees (usually a minimum of £350 plus VAT) for the purpose of obtaining advice on your settlement agreement. If not, we can always negotiate with your employer to seek payment of your legal fees as part of the agreement.
I'm in the middle of early conciliation, can you still help me?
Absolutely. All employees have to engage in ACAS Early Conciliation before making a claim at the Employment Tribunal. If both parties agree to Early Conciliation, they are given one calendar month to conciliate. If they agree to settle, the terms are agreed in a binding COT3 agreement. If both parties do not agree, an Early Conciliation certificate is issued and the employee can then issue their claim in the Employment Tribunal within the relevant time limits.
The Early Conciliation service is free although, the COT3 does not require sign-off from an employment solicitor, it is still a legally binding document. As such, it is wise to get the right legal advice to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you are getting the sums that are fully owed to you.
Whether you are unhappy with the settlement amount being offered, or you are in the early stages of your settlement agreement negotiations, it does not matter, we can still help you.
About Co-op Legal Services
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