Settlement agreements are legal documents drafted to agree the settlement of possible employment claims and provide a clean break. They are often, but not always, associated with the termination of employment. In order to be valid, the employee must receive advice from a solicitor or from another legally prescribed professional. Some employment claims can only be settled using a settlement agreement or through ACAS conciliation.
We have recorded a podcast providing more details about settlement agreements and the provisions that they typically contain.
We set out below the fees we charge for advising on settlement agreements – all prices set out exclude VAT. Please note that employers normally pay a contribution towards the legal fees incurred by employees taking advice on settlement agreements. The settlement agreement should set out the value of this contribution. If the contribution is insufficient to cover the legal fees you will incur, you may be able to agree an increase with your employer or you can instead simply opt to pay the difference.
£500 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) fixed fee if:
Otherwise our time is charged applying our normal hourly rates. We estimate fees of £750 to £2,000 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) depending on complexity.
A re-affirmation involves a second signing of the settlement agreement. Many settlement agreements do not require this, but those that do will typically involve a period of continuing employment after signing the settlement agreement but before the employment terminates. The wording of the document will show whether this is required. If you are looking at instructing us but you are unsure whether a re-affirmation is needed (with the associated fee), we can take a look for you.
£150 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) fixed fee
Our time is charged applying our normal hourly rates. We estimate fees of £800 to £1,150 plus VAT (at a current rate of 20%) depending on complexity.
Advice on the conduct of negotiations and subsequent amendments to the settlement agreement are charged applying our normal hourly rates. The fees will vary depending on the support you require and complexity of the case.
For more information on our Employment Law and HR advice services, please contact Nicki Collins, PA in Employment Law.
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