Importantly, the employee must have received advice on the terms and effect of the agreement from an independent solicitor (or another adviser specified in the Employment Rights Act 1996, such as a properly certified trade union official). That adviser must be clearly identified in the written agreement and their advice must be covered by insurance.
A settlement agreement is usually used in connection with ending the employment, but it doesn’t have to be. A settlement agreement could also be used where the employment is ongoing, but both parties want to settle a dispute that has arisen between them.
Whether you want to explore settlement with an Employee or have received an agreement from your Employer, we can help!