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We have an experienced Employment Law team who regularly advise both employers and employees in relation to Settlement Agreements.

Employers may need advice as to whether and on what terms a Settlement Agreement is appropriate.  

An employee may have commenced discussions with their employer or their employer may have proposed a Settlement Agreement and in this case an employee is required, for the Settlement Agreement to be legally binding, to take independent legal advice.

What is a Settlement Agreement?

A Settlement Agreement, once completed, is a legally binding document between an employee and an employer which sets out the terms of the agreement. Settlement Agreements can include details of various payments to be made by the employer to the employee, as well as setting out restrictive covenants and reference terms applicable once the Settlement Agreement is completed.  

Why are Settlement Agreements used?

Settlement Agreements can be used to end an employment relationship on agreed terms and therefore avoid a dispute.

A Settlement Agreement can be used in order to resolve any ongoing workplace disputes, and enable employers and employees to reach agreements on a number of issues including an appropriate severance package given the background to the Settlement Agreement.

Settlement Agreements can be used when an employer does not want to or is unable to follow a potentially lengthy and stressful process (for both parties) when perhaps performance, disciplinary or redundancy procedures would ordinarily be required before employment can be terminated lawfully.

Who can Settlement Agreements be proposed by?

A Settlement Agreement can be proposed by either an employer or an employee. Normally Settlement Agreements are proposed by an employer so as to conclude an employee’s employment promptly.

How we can help

Our specialist employment solicitors will be able to offer clear and straightforward advice regarding the process of finalising a Settlement Agreement.

We know that contacting solicitors can be daunting, but we pride ourselves on our friendly and practical approach. It is important to us that we understand your goal from the outset in order to achieve the best outcome for you.


Our Employment Law team are here to take the worry off your hands.

We can provide either a fixed fee appointment, assessed according to the information available to you, and provide you with a summary of your options.  We will also give consideration to agreeing further fee structures with you, including deferred payments and/or instalment payment options as we appreciate that legal fees can be expensive, particularly in contested matters.


Our solicitors are able to provide expert advice nationally and virtually and have a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to get in contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based.

Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion on 0330 333 2613 or email enquiries@elliotmather.co.uk and we will call or email you back.

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