A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract between an employer and an employee. This type of agreement normally results in a waiver by an employee of his or her rights to make any claims covered by the agreement to an employment tribunal or civil court. At Consilia HR we provide HR advice on settlement agreements for businesses.
Settlement agreements can be proposed by either an employer or an employee and can be offered at any stage of an employment relationship
They are most commonly used to end employment on agreed terms or to resolve an ongoing dispute, for example, a dispute over holiday pay.
In order for a settlement agreement to be legally binding, certain conditions must be met. The main ones are:
Usually there is a process of negotiation during which both sides state their proposals or counter proposals until an agreement is reached or until it is clear that no agreement can be reached. Settlement agreements are voluntary on both sides and neither party has to agree to it or enter into discussions about them. Conversations about settlement agreements are normally conducted on a without prejudice basis. They are also sometimes mentioned as part of a protected conversation.
Where the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the settlement discussion cannot usually be referred to as evidence in an employment tribunal or in other court proceedings.
We are able to provide assistance with drafting binding settlement agreements on behalf of employers and do so normally on a fixed fee basis.
Our team are highly experienced in HR advice on settlement agreements and if you require any help or support for your business please contact us directly on 0113 3229222
Marie Walsh is a Director/Employment Law Solicitor & fully trained workplace mediator. Marie heads the HR & Employment Law team and has a wealth of experience in assisting businesses and individuals with a wide spectrum of employment law matters. She is also well known for her excellent work in the area of settlement agreements.
Andy Boyde is a former professional rugby union player and employment solicitor. Andy qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and specialises in advising individuals, owner managed businesses and SMEs. Andy provides sensible, straight-forward and commercial advice to his clients.
Victoria is an associate at the firm and an experienced solicitor in the Employment team. She provides expert practical advice and assists both individuals and Commercial clients. Victoria is approachable, reliable and straight talking.
I'd like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to Andy Boyde for helping me with my employment issue. For someone who was in a difficult situation his knowledge and expertise helped guide me through the process. He always provided quick responses and was readily available to provide expert advice whenever I needed it. I was impressed with the knowledge and professionalism shown and would recommend him if you are ever in a complicated employment situation.
Spoke with Andy Boyde for some legal advice, he couldn't personally help me with my case, however he spent 20 minutes of his time on the phone with me offering advice and he followed up by sending me an email with very helpful information. I would highly recommend Andy, he was professional and very helpful even when the situation wasn't benefitting himself or the business he worked for, so I can only imagine his level of service if it was.
Sarah Manning has been fantastic with our family law matter. She is very good and professional with a very quick response time. Sarah has put my mind at ease on many occasions, given ongoing support and is attentive to special needs too. I recommend her services to everyone as she puts her heart into it for you.
Marie Walsh is undoubtedly the best employment solicitor in Leeds, if not the whole of Yorkshire. I always knew this from her great reputation and she recently assisted me with a very complex and difficult matter. Marie handled the situation with a pragmatic approach and endless patience. I cannot recommend her enough - she is an absolute superstar! I also dealt with Andy Boyde in her absence who was extremely professional and great to deal with.
I emailed Sarah at Consilia and received a very quick response. Sarah agreed to call me the following day and called me at the agreed time so no waiting for the call! Sarah was fantastic, she offered great advice and left me feeling alot more positive and informed on my situation. I cannot recommend highly enough, professional and caring and highly informative. Thank you
Brilliant solicitors firm. This is my first time using a solicitors and Emma really made me feel at ease with her attentiveness and professionalism. She kept me informed at every step of the way. I don't hope to have any legal issues in the future but if I do, these guys are first people I will call. Thank you Emma and Consilia.
Finding good legal advice and an empathetic approach is essential when the situation you are dealing with is emotionally fraught. I couldn't have asked for more from Consolia. Listened carefully, provided options and strategies and made me feel they were looking after my interests not their own. Quick, efficient and effective communications. No hesitation recommending Andy and the team in Leeds.
Marie and her team are brilliant. They are always professional whilst being personable and great fun to work with. Their updates during the Coronavirus Pandemic have been a lifesaver. Would definitely recommend!
Andy Boyde made the process straight forward and easy (Redundancy contract). I found him very knowledgable and was able to answer all my questions with ease. I would recommend the firm for employment matter.
Great service provided by Andy from initial contact all the way through to completion. Very helpful and knowledgeable and helped to get everything sorted out quickly. I would highly recommend.
Marie, Andy, Victoria and Emma were exceptional in their help, advice and support – all done with a non-nonsense super friendly approach. Really took the stress out of a difficult corporate employment process. I felt safe and confident in their capable hands, recommending them highly.
Very professional and got the right result for me in a very timely abs efficient manner. Great service, good advice and an excellent result I couldn’t have got on my own
I had to get a Solicitor a pretty short notice, and Andy was able to see me the same day. He made me feel very at ease and explained everything to me so I could understand it better. I would highly recommend Consilia to everyone Thank you again Andy for your fantastic advice and support
Consilia Legal have been a huge part of my toolkit this year... they have been so proactive with their updates - which are written in easy/quick to read updates - sent out at precisely the right time - when everyone needs it the most. Their energy and positivity throughout has been inspiring - we are truly grateful. Thank you all.
When my autistic son was suspended from work, we felt he had been treated unfairly in the workplace because of his disability and needed help and advice from a specialist employment lawyer. Consilia Legal were highly recommended to me. I dealt with both Marie and Vicky and I can honestly say they were both amazing. They were both very professional and caring. Initially, I was worried that I would find speaking to a solicitor confusing and complicated but they simplified things so I was able to gain a better understanding of employment law. Vicky then delt with my son’s case and I felt we built a very good relationship. She was so easy to talk to and I found her very approachable, which made me feel very comfortable. Because of my son’s disability, our aim was to seek a quick and satisfactory resolution rather than a lengthy, damaging conflict. Vicky was always there to advise me on the best course of action to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible and to help us achieve a positive outcome (which we did). Thank you Vicky for all your help.
I found Consilia on LinkedIn when having trouble with own ET. Victoria was my assigned solicitor and she was amazing. She guided me, lobbied on my behalf and gave me emotional support when I was feeling angry, upset or defeated. She gave me a metaphorical hand to hold and guided me through the bureaucracy. I would highly recommend Consilia Legal. Their staff are professionals with compassion and understanding. I can honestly say, I would not be heading to ET without them. Thank you so much!
Thanks so much to Marie and the team for such a top class service for helping me out of a difficult situation. Would recommend to anyone in how quick everything was, always felt like my best interests were taken care of. Marie is truly an outstanding lawyer and wish her all the best!
When I found myself requiring legal advice for an employment issue Victoria was definitely the best choice. Victoria was very responsive extremely professional and explained the process to me in a clear and easy to understand manner. She made what could have been a stressful situation an easy and straight forward process. Highly recommend!
I could not have asked any more from Andy. He was really friendly and helped me through a very difficult time. He did not waist time, both to make sure we resolved the matter quickly but also to keep cost to a minimum. I’m extremely happy with his services.
If you need expert, pragmatic, timely employment law advice that you can trust then I highly recommend Marie Walsh and her team. When faced with a tricky issue full of 'shades of grey', Marie guided us through the process, step-by-step providing both an approach and letter templates. She was with us every step of the way, checking with us after every meeting, and discussing the next step. Alongside this, vitally for us, she understood our values and our commitment to not only complying with law, but also doing what's 'fair' and 'right' for all parties. Highly recommended.
Marie and Matthew have been so professional through knowledge and understanding. Would recommend to anyone needing their expertise.
Emma Cartlidge (Employment Solicitor) and the Team were absolutely fantastic to work with. Clear communication/informative. She got the job done to an exceptional standard and was very quick about it. Thank you so much, you were amazing! 🙂
Highly recommend this team that punches well above its weight. Good leadership, communication & advice. All round pleasure to work with. Have known them for over 6 years and would use them every time.
me and my partner came to Consila legal to get my partner's divorce done. We where very lucky to get Sarah Manning to help us with this she has been amazing from start to almost finished now. She has always responded professionally and promptly we couldn't of asked for any better thank you from the both of us.
Honest , sensible and efficient advice given over telephone . Very impressed . Would recommend
I would like to say a big thank you to Emma Cartlidge Employment Solicitor. She was extremely professional, friendly and polite and very thorough in her work. Emma helped me with my matter making sure to stay in touch and keep me fully informed at all stages. The service from Consillia Legal has been amazing. Everyone I have spoken to has been super friendly and so helpful including Matt on Reception and Victoria who I spoke to for initial advice. This is definitely a 5-star rated law firm and I would not hesitate to recommend Emma and her colleagues. A big thank you !
Marie and her staff have been very helpful. Marie had assisted me previously with an employment law issues so I had no hesitation in engaging her again. She helped me through an unpleasant job related matter when I was at a low ebb and feeling unable to fight my own corner. As before Marie gave sound, straight forward advice and took over the handling of communication with my employer until the matter was resolved. When I had to take action myself Marie was always there to consult if I was worried about something. I would thoroughly recommend Consilia Legal to anyone.
Received a really good service from Marie and the team including Emma, who offered valuable support throughout. I contacted Consilia following a recommendation from a union representative. Was given great advise through her trusted associate who offered an accurate and professional assessment. Marie secured a really good outcome due to her knowledge, perseverance, conscientiousness and genuine desire to try and get the best outcome on my behalf. A lot of genuine empathy and respect expressed and a brilliant negotiator. Very well informed, experienced and brilliant communicator. True to her word re costs as discussion was upfront and honest. Very reasonable rate compared to other firms. Would recommend to others Thank you very much!
Andy Boyde was very helpful helping me sort out my employment issue. Highly recommended.
I could not recommend Emma enough. As someone who is pretty clueless about legalities, Emma ensured everything was explained both concisely and with sufficient detail. Emma always made herself available when I had questions and was professional at all times. I would without a doubt use Consilia Legal again especially Emma - she is an asset to the company! Thanks again 🙂
Consilia Legal was recommended by a friend. Victoria provided excellent guidance in a timely manner. Would definitely recommend.
Working with Andy Boyde was just what I needed, a person who could respond quickly, professionally and get to the crooks of the matter and explain in plain English what it all meant and what we needed to do. Great experience and customer service just when you need. I would highly recommend Andy and Consilia to anyone.
Cannot recommend this company enough. Seriously on the ball, ring you back when they say they will and completely exceed expectations. Thank you Andy and all at Consilia.
Being in a situation where you require legal advice and action in an employment situation is never easy. However Victoria was absolutely fantastic. She didn't skip a beat, she made the law easy to understand around certain actions I could take, and she delivered all of the service in a truly personable yet professional manner. Being in a situation like that can feel so daunting, but having someone like Victoria by your side, you feel invincible. Thank you again for everything.
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