We are specialists at reviewing and advising upon settlement agreements – whether you just need yours signed off, you know you’d like the terms negotiated (including perhaps an increase of the settlement money), or you just want to know if you’re being offered a good deal.
Settlement agreements (formerly known as compromise agreements) provide that in return for a payment you give up your right to bring claims against your employer at the employment tribunal or in the courts.Read more
Should I Sign My Settlement Agreement?
Whether you sign your settlement agreement is entirely up to you – you're under no obligation to sign it, especially if you think you may have a tribunal claim. If you are happy with it, you need to sign and you need to get an independent solicitor to sign it...Read more
What do Settlement Agreements Contain?
Settlement agreements are individual contracts between you and your employer. As such, settlement agreements are not set in stone there is no right or wrong answer. There are certain minimum contents set out by statute, such as it must be in writing and signed by an independent solicitor, but the...Read more
Garden Leave and Settlement Agreements
What exactly is garden leave (also known as gardening leave)? When you resign, or are dismissed, in certain industries it is common for you to be placed on something called 'garden leave'. You might also hear it referred to as 'gardening leave', but this is exactly the same thing and is just...Read more
Share Options as Part of a Settlement Agreement
If you are a senior employee of a company, you may have been offered share options as part of a benefits package outlined in your contract either when you began your employment, or during your work at the company. If you are exiting the business it is important to ensure...Read more
Whistleblowing Settlement Agreements
Whistleblowing settlement agreements are fairly common ways to conclude what can be a difficult chapter in an employee's career. As you will see below, the paths of a whistleblower can be fraught with difficulty. It is a noble effort to blow the whistle, and there is nothing wrong with getting...Read more
Unfair Dismissal Settlement Agreements
Unfair dismissal settlement agreements are fairly commonplace, and in order to understand whether you deserve a settlement agreement in your case, it is necessary to understand more about unfair dismissal itself. This article is a guide to unfair dismissal, setting out the basics for you, the employee who has actually been...Read more
Settlement Agreements for Ill Health Retirement (also known as Early Retirement Due to Ill Health)
You may be eligible for early retirement if a medical condition means that you can not continue your work. We explain the rules of ill health retirement.Read more
Settlement Agreements for Harassment & Bullying
Everyone has experienced bullying and harassment of some kind at work, and people who are suffering from stress often don’t know where to turn. Ideally you want a lawyer to guide you through the process of leaving your job, with a decent settlement agreement pay-off (formerly known as compromise agreements),...Read more
Tax Overview – Settlement Agreements
Compromise & settlement agreement tax breaks Tax on ex gratia payments and other settlement agreement tax queries are often one of the most complicated areas of UK settlement agreement advice. If you are wondering what are the tax implications of your settlement agreement, this article should help to summarise the position....Read more
Calculating Settlement Agreement Tax
Calculating tax on settlement or compromise agreements can be a difficult task. In this article we explain how to work out how much tax you will pay on any ex gratia settlement amount in excess of £30,000. This article is not for the faint-hearted and it may be of more...Read more
Are Pension Payments & Settlement Agreements Tax Free?
Pension payments in settlement agreements can be tax free and therefore worth considering if you are getting over £30,000 from your employer. In this article we explore how to pay a lump sum of money into your pension scheme as part of your settlement agreement deal, and the types of practical issues...Read more
Settlement Agreement Solicitors London
Settlement agreement solicitors in London don't normally represent employees only, but Monaco Solicitors do. Because we don't represent employers, there is never any conflict of interest - we're not interested in becoming friends with your HR manager in order to win ongoing work from them, for example advising upon their staff...Read more
When Should I Expect Payment?
This can vary from one employer to another. Usually, once a Settlement Agreement has been signed by all the parties concerned, your settlement money is usually paid out within 14 to 28 days. Some organisations tend to process payments in the relevant monthly payroll. We would generally try to ensure...Read more
Can I get a reference letter with a settlement agreement? Yes - many settlement agreements have a specific clause dealing with references. If your one doesn't: ask for one! The best clauses will say something like "A reference will be provided upon written request in the form annexed to this agreement at...Read more
Concluding a Settlement Agreement
You may already have been offered a settlement agreement which has been the culmination of a lengthy process between you and your employer and has resulted in an offer of settlement that is acceptable to both sides.Read more
Sick Pay in Your Notice Period
When should you receive full pay during your notice period? If you are off sick and you have gone down to reduced pay, and then you hand in your notice, should you receive only sick pay during your notice period, or should you receive full pay? The answer depends on the length...Read more
What if I Don’t Sign My Settlement Agreement?
If you’re reading this, chances are, that you have already been offered a Settlement Agreement and are contemplating whether you should sign it or not. If this is the case, then you are in a difficult situation because once a settlement agreement becomes a possibility, it is likely that you won’t...Read more
Why Do Solicitors Sign These Agreements?
There is legislation in place which says that a settlement or compromise agreement must be signed by an independent solicitor, covered by a contract of insurance. Believe it or not, this is in order to make the settlement agreement legally binding upon you. Think of an ordinary contract between employer and...Read more
Information about Settlement Agreements
Is a settlement agreement different to a compromise agreement? Not really. What employment lawyers currently call Compromise Agreements are changing their name to Settlement Agreements. This change is expected to come into force in the summer of 2013, there are no exact dates available from the government at this time. A settlement...Read more