Employment Solicitor Chris Dobbs outlines some key considerations for employers to try and limit the risk of hybrid working disputes and claims
Employment disputes can be very time consuming and expensive to deal with, as well as having the likelihood of causing a lot of stress and a negative impact on an employer’s reputation.
Settlement agreements offer a way to avoid potential disputes and to quickly resolve any workplace conflicts that do arise. They provide a definitive resolution, protecting your organisation cost-effectively.
At Frettens, our employment lawyers are highly experienced in using settlement agreements for employment disputes, so can provide clear, pragmatic support for employers looking to explore this option.
Our employment lawyers in Dorset can help you with:
- Advice on whether a settlement agreement is appropriate
- Drafting settlement agreements
- Negotiating settlement agreements
- Providing settlement advice for employees (which is a legal requirements)
- Advice on your options where a settlement cannot be agreed
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Advice on the use of settlement agreements
Settlement agreements can be used both where a dispute has arisen or where there is the possibility of a dispute (e.g. when dismissing someone). Our employment lawyers can advise you on whether a settlement is likely to be an appropriate option for your circumstances, for example, if an employee is likely to have grounds for an employment tribunal claim.
Drafting settlement agreements
Settlement agreements must be carefully drafted to ensure all possible outcomes are considered and that the agreement is fair. Our team can draft a settlement agreement that matches your requirements and ensure all of the necessary legal steps are followed to make the agreement legally binding.
Should you need to enter into settlement negotiations with an employee or former employee, our employment lawyers can represent you. We will work closely with you to understand your concerns, then provide expert support during negotiations to keep the process productive and give you the best chance of reaching a suitable resolution.
Settlement advice or employees
It is a legal requirement when making a settlement agreement that the employee receives independent legal advice before signing. This is normally funded by the employer as it is in their interests to ensure the agreement is valid. Our settlement agreements solicitors can provide this independent advice for employees, giving assurance that they are being treated fairly and that the process is legally compliant.
What to do if a settlement cannot be agreed
If you are unable to agree a settlement, then we can help you explore the full range of options available to you. This includes using Acas early conciliation and defending employment tribunal proceedings started by an employee or former employee.
Our employment lawyers can help you prepare for an employment tribunal and represent you at tribunal hearings, making sure you have the support you need to achieve the best available outcome.
Why choose Frettens settlement agreement solicitors?
Our employment lawyers have many years of experience guiding employers across a range of sectors on the use of settlement agreements. We can provide clear, effective advice to give you the best chance of resolving any potential disputes early and avoiding unnecessary time, expense, stress and damage to your reputation.
We are ranked Tier 2 for Employment Law by highly respected client guide the Legal 500, recognising the exceptional quality of our knowledge and skills in the area of employment law.
Our Head of Employment Paul Burton is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) as is employment solicitor Chris Dobbs. This reflects our team’s commitment to providing the highest level of expertise for our clients.
Frettens Solicitors is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
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Here are some frequently asked questions on settlement agreements. For any other questions, please feel free to ask us via our online enquiry form and we will be more than happy to help.
You can read Chris Dobbs' comprehensive guide to settlement agreements here.