Settlement agreement solicitors, Southampton

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Our settlement agreement lawyers in Southampton are here to help if you’re offered a settlement agreement by your employer.

We’re particularly experienced working with and representing employees in high-seniority roles, helping you to secure the best possible outcome from your settlement agreement when based in Southampton.

  • A settlement agreement is one way to end an employment contract on an agreed set of terms. Often, but not always, in order to resolve a dispute.
  • It’s a legal requirement for anyone signing a settlement agreement to take independent legal advice first to ensure they understand the potential consequences of the agreement.
  • Settlement agreements are complex and you will need expert advice. Our specialist employment lawyers in Southampton will guide you through the agreement and ensure you walk away with the best possible package.

What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract between an employer and an employee, setting out terms under which the employment will be terminated. The employee must take legal advice before signing this agreement.

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Why might an employee be offered a settlement agreement in Southampton?

Settlement agreements in the Southampton area are often used by employers to end someone’s employment contract on a set of pre-agreed terms, so that both parties can move forward from the situation. A settlement agreement (which used to be known as a compromise agreement), is sometimes used as an alternative to redundancy or for another business reason, perhaps if there is some kind of ongoing dispute between the employer and employee, or if a quicker resolution is needed.

If you have been offered a settlement agreement by your employer in the Southampton area, it’s important that you have expert advice to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal from the situation, before you sign anything.

The settlement agreement will usually mean that you are offered a sum of money and in return for this, you agree to waive your rights to bring a claim against your employer at any point in the future.

Do I need a settlement agreement lawyer in Southampton?

As settlement agreements in Southampton or around the UK can be complex, and signing one means that you are waiving important employment rights, it’s essential, as well as being a legal requirement, that you have expert legal assistance to ensure you understand all of the implications and consequences of the agreement before you sign it. As expert settlement agreement solicitors in Southampton, we will take you through the entire agreement to make sure that every clause is understood and that the sum of money being offered is fair recompense for this. We want to ensure that everyone considering a settlement agreement in Southampton or Hampshire has the expert help they need to make an informed decision.

If you are not happy with the deal that you’re being offered, as one of the most experienced settlement agreement law firms in Southampton, we can also negotiate with your employer on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcome for you from the situation.

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Should I sign a settlement agreement offered by my Southampton employer?

Every settlement agreement and set of employment circumstances are different, so your settlement agreement needs to be checked by an experienced solicitor and you must be made aware of all of the potential consequences before you sign it.

It might be the case that your Southampton employer wants you to sign a settlement agreement because they are concerned that you could have a valid employment claim against them if you decide to take it to an employment tribunal. Signing the settlement agreement would mean that you cannot bring any claim against them in the future.
It’s important that you fully understand every aspect of the agreement before you sign it and are happy with the sum of money being offered in return for waiving certain employment rights.

If you’re unsure whether you’re getting a good deal or not, our settlement agreement lawyers in Southampton can talk you through what would be involved if you decided to bring a claim instead. We can also look at the potential settlement amount you could expect if your employment tribunal in Southampton were to be successful. This needs to weighed up against the potential stress and effort involved in bringing a claim to tribunal, along with the chance that the panel or judge may not find in your favour, in which case you could end up with no settlement at all.

How we can help

Our experienced solicitors in Southampton are committed to providing expert legal advice and assistance with settlement agreements and termination of employment matters. We understand the complexities and sensitivity surrounding employment termination, and we strive to protect your rights and interests throughout the process. Whether you are an employer seeking to draft a fair settlement agreement or an employee needing guidance on reviewing and negotiating the terms, our team is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for you. We have extensive knowledge in handling a range of issues, including redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination, and contract disputes. Trust our expertise and let us guide you through this challenging situation.

Who we help

Our solicitors in Southampton specialise in settlement agreements, assisting employees facing termination of employment. With in-depth expertise and a client-focused approach, we provide tailored legal advice to aim for the best possible outcome for our clients.

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For expert advice on settlement agreements in Southampton, trust Moore Barlow. Our experienced employment law team is here to guide you through the process, ensuring your rights are protected. Contact us today to discuss your situation and find the best solution for your termination of employment.

Conveniently situated just outside Southampton in Eastleigh, we also have offices in LondonRichmondGuildfordLymington and Woking and offer specialist employment legal services to clients nationwide. Contact Moore Barlow to find out how we can help.

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