Compromise Agreement Information St Helens

Compromise agreements are documents that are signed by employers and employees when an employee is dismissed or made redundant. Read through the following articles to learn more about compromise agreements and find local companies and providers who can help you find what you’re looking for.

Barrow & Cook
(017) 442-3271
5-7 Victoria Square
St. Helens
QualitySolicitors Keith Park
01744 636 000
Claughton House
St Helens
Employment Law
Secondary Specialties
professional negligence
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Rushton Hinchy Solicitors
0845 054 0564
Unit 1, Millbrook Business Park
St. Helens
Forster Dean Solicitors
0151 422 0982
Lancaster House
Nyland & Beattie
0151 424 5656
31-63 Albert Road
Haygarth Jones
(017) 442-6153
8 Hardshaw Street
St. Helens
Tickle Hall Cross
01744 733333
Carlton Chambers
St. Helens
Byrne Frodsham & Co.
0151 424 5601
1-3 Deacib Road
David Scholes Solicitors
0151 424 8899
84 Albert Road
Keogh Solicitors Wigan Criminal Law
01942 405260
7-9 Mesnes Street

Compromise Agreements

Compromise Agreements

Sometimes relationships between employers and employees break down irretrievably and ending the employment seems to be the only solution. Compromise agreements are legal documents that can be used in the case of dismissal or redundancy generally offering a payment in return for agreeing to certain conditions.

Many employers are turning to compromise agreements in order to speed up the process of the 'parting of the ways' and to ensure that there is a clean break with no further repercussions from former employees. Their overall purpose is to settle a dispute over a dismissal or sometimes to prevent any possibility of further claims following redundancy.

  • Compromise agreements must be agreed upon and signed by both you and your employer following the termination of your employment. The agreed package is a 'full and final' settlement of any claims you may have against your employer'.
  • Because a compromise agreement is a legal document and must be signed by both parties, a solicitor must be involved. The solicitor should advise you regarding the terms and whether the amount of compensation being offered is appropriate. Follow this link to find details of local solicitors with expertise in Employment Law.
  • The solicitor must also sign to say that they have ensured you fully understand all elements of the agreement you are signing. Your employer will offer a specified sum of money for legal fees. If it turns out that the complications of your case require more time, your solicitor may be able to negotiate an increase in the fee as part of the compromise agreement
  • A compromise agreement will generally include:
    • Details of the compensation - this usually consists of a payment which is often tax free
    • Any assurances given by the employer
    • The reference which will be given to prospective employers
    • The assurances given by the employee, usually including confidentiality
    • The acceptance of all terms by the employee and an assurance that legal action will not be pursued in the future.
  • Compromise agreements are written so that once you have signed you will not be able to bring a claim against your employer for anything at all. Both sides usually agree to a clause in the agreement guaranteeing confidentiality.
  • If you are not happy with the compromise agreement that has been offered, you do not need to sign it. You may continue to negotiate through your solicitor until an agreement is reached.

If negotiations break down without agreement, then you are free to pursue the case as you see fit. However this could mean that your employer might refuse to pay you the compensation package and you will need to consider taking the case to an Employment Tribunal for settlement. This is a decision which requires careful consideration and your solicitor will advise you on the implications .

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