If you have been made redundant or you are in the process of losing your job it is likely that your employer will ask you to sign a Settlement Agreement (previously known as a Compromise agreement).
At Pearce West Employment Solicitors Jonathan West has acted for literally hundreds of employees in Reading, Oxford and over the Thames Valley in this position and is extremely experienced in advising and negotiating for you on the terms on Settlement Agreements, including often negotiating with your employer for a higher payment than was originally proposed.
Settlement Agreements set out the terms that have been agreed between you and your employer on termination of your contract of employment. The idea is that the agreement will be a final settlement of all claims in connection with the termination of your employment; or in other words a 'clean break'.
Certain clauses must be contained in a Settlement Agreement. Typical clauses can include...
You must receive independent legal advice from a qualified solicitor. Jonathan West is a properly qualified lawyer to be the Independent Solicitor for Settlement Agreements, and from our offices in Oxford and Reading handles these negotiations for clients across the Thames Valley and Southern England.
Under the agreement your employer should usually pay all, or most, of your legal fees to us in addition to the compensation they pay to you.
Jonathan West has 30 years experience helping resolve employment claims for people across the Thames Valley and South East England.
In many cases when you have a valid employment claim to the Employment Tribunal for Unfair Dismissal, Constructive Dismissal or a claim for breach of contract we can act for you on a "no win – no fee" basis.
In other words, we take the case on and if you win the case we charge you a fixed % of what you get from your former employer (either at Tribunal or through a settlement). If you lose your case we do not charge you a penny – so you can have the peace of mind of not having to lose any of your money on bringing a claim!
If we are not able to offer a "no win – no fee" arrangement we can bring a claim to the Employment Tribunal on a fee-paying basis, and we are always happy to work within agreed fee-budgets which goes to ensure that you keep control on legal costs as the case progresses.