Reference letters and settlement agreements

Obtaining References

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 Annex A” or such like. Then there will be an agreed reference attached to the back of the settlement agreement itself, headed “Annex A.”

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To make double sure that only the agreed reference is provided, you can ask for the clause to say that requests for a telephone reference or a questionnaire will be refused and that any prospective employer will be told that only the written reference will be provided. This guards against an employer giving a bad reference on the phone or in a questionnaire.

Top 3 TIPS

  1. Don’t ask for one until the last minute
  2. Job title and dates of employment are fine
  3. References come as standard with any Settlement agreement

Some settlement agreements will just state that a ‘standard reference’ will be provided upon request. This implies a very simple reference with just job title and dates of employment. There is an element of trust here whereby you are relying on your employer not to say anything negative in the reference.

You’ll want to get a rough idea of the value of your case by filling in the Settlement Agreements Calculator. Also think about getting some representation have a look at the Testimonials to see how others in your situation were helped on their journey.


Next steps

If you want to talk to an experienced employment solicitor about the details of your case, and find out how we could help you improve your settlement package. Get in touch on 020 7717 5259, 0800 533 5134 or apply for a free 15 minute consultation.