“Making sure you leave on the best terms…”
A settlement agreement, previously known as a compromise agreement, is a written agreement between an employee and employer. The purpose of the agreement is to prevent an employee bringing a claim against the employer. In return, the employer will provide compensation to the employee which is usually financial but it can also be a reference or the provision of a benefit.
Why have I been given a settlement agreement?
There are a number of reasons but those below are the most common:
- You are in dispute with your employer
- You have been given an enhanced redundancy payment
- You have been given a payment or benefit in excess of your actual entitlement upon termination
- Your employer wants to change your terms of employment and has made a payment or provided you with a benefit for agreeing to the change
- You are medically unfit to return to work
Do I need legal advice or can I just sign the agreement?
In order for a settlement agreement to be legally binding, the employee must obtain independent legal advice from someone professionally qualified (usually a solicitor or qualified trade union adviser) to give that advice. We can assist you with this and confirm that the agreement which you have been offered complies with the strict regulations governing their use. We are also happy to enter into negotiation with your employer if necessary regarding the terms.
How much will it cost?
Employers will usually contribute towards the employee obtaining advice on the agreement. Usually, the sum provided for covers all legal fees but on other occasions where there is a need for negotiation, this fee will not cover all of your legal fees. When this occurs, we will try and get your employer to increase its contribution to cover your legal fees or, where this is not possible, keep our fees to a minimum.
In most cases, employees will not have to make any payment to us and in those cases where we have negotiated a better settlement, we have obtained further sums for our clients which more than cover such fees. In any event, a full discussion about fees will take place before you instruct us to advise you on your settlement agreement.
All initial enquiries are completely free of charge. Please either call us on 0121 746 3002 or complete a Free Online Enquiry to see how we can help you.
Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors
435 Stratford Road
What our clients have to say
Mr S was injured when he slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, suffering a fracture injury to his left leg. A claim was made by Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors and following negotiations a settlement of £7,500.00 was agreed.
“Ellis Hass was always available to me and happy to explain each step of the process. The only surprise was how much you managed to obtain for me without the need to go to trial. I will tell all my friends about your great service.”
Mrs A was catastrophically injured when she was knocked down by a ‘hit and run’ driver in the middle of the night after completing her night shift as a nurse. She sustained terrible injuries leading to an amputation of her left leg. Whilst the insurers of the vehicle accepted liability for the accident, Ellis Hass helped Mrs A to receive the right level of medical attention and care, including provision of a prosthetic leg and alternative accommodation in the form of a bungalow, as well as putting in place arrangements for a care regime. Following a long struggle, the insurers paid Mrs A £1million.
“It has been a good experience working with Ellis Hass. They tried their best to protect me and my son both physically and mentally. They helped me to see the medical specialists to make my case as strong as possible. They worked hard to get me the maximum compensation. Thanks to Ian Hass for all his hard work.”
Mrs P was injured at work when her hand was trapped in a machine on an assembly line. Her employers did not admit liability for the accident and Ellis Hass & Co started court proceedings. Following a lengthy battle and shortly before trial the case was settled and she received £22,000 in compensation.
“My Granddaughter found your website and recommended you to me. Thank you for all your efforts for my accident claim, I appreciate your kindness. I received my cheque today and will be taking my grandchildren away on holiday with the money you recovered for me.”
“I had a road traffic accident, where my car was completely written off. I contacted Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors to help with my claim and they were very helpful in getting me to see a specialist and worked very hard to get me the most compensation. Thanks to Ann-Marie for all her hard work.”
“I was involved in a car accident and instructed Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors to pursue my Personal Injury claim. The service was excellent and so was the outcome. I would recommend this company.”
“A highly professional personal injury firm of Solicitors based in the Solihull area. A big thank you to Ellis Hass & Co for helping me. My Solicitor was always on call and was never hesitant to explain each step of what would otherwise be a stressful process. Would definitely recommend.”
“An excellent firm of Solicitors. Very prompt advice and was kept informed throughout the process. Very happy with the service provided.”
“Excellent service, advice and procedures first class, kept informed every step of the way outstanding would recommend your firm every time many thanks for your help. Just want to make a special mention for Greg Bowyer who was so helpful and approachable all the way to the court order. Many thanks Greg.”
“This is the only firm/company/business or practice I have known in my 52 years 34 years in business and a Limited company secretary before I retired a few years ago, to make contact with me over a typing mistake. The mistake would have been in the financial favor of the practice, the agreement was typed by a fairly junior member of staff from their job title. They pointed out the mistake and contacted me A.S.A.P.. The ethos of the practice to be honest and if you make a mistake admit it and do what you can to correct it must, either be taught from the beginning of employment, or the people they employ are of the highest moral character.”
“Ellis Hass and Co provide a comprehensive service at times when you most need professional advice and expertise. When I was leaving my then company, and making an international return, I wanted to leave on good terms to cement the great experience I had and friendships I had built. I found them to be highly commercial, discrete and thorough, easy to contact and highly practical I have no hesitation in recommending them.”
“Ellis Hass & Co completed the sale of our house last week at Ellis Hass & co solicitors
“I never usually leave reviews or leave feedback on sites however I wish to commend and congratulate such an amazing firm. From the moment I met the team especially a lady called Anisa (whom may I add is fantastic) have offered me nothing but 5star service, the level of communication is beyond exceptional and felt totally at ease knowing I was in capable hands in purchasing a property which is a stressful situation alone. I can highly recommend anyone who requires a team of people (again Anisa never failed to reply to my endless questions) who advise step by step processes and communicate beyond their duties Ellis & Hass are the ones. I’m nearly at the point of completion for my dream home and can honesty say that without the above team i doubt I’d even be half way! Thanks again and I can’t recommend you highly enough.”
“Ellis Hass completed the sale of our house on the 1st Feb 2016.They were brilliant throughout the whole procedure,
“Alison, thank you very much for all of your help with the sale of our house. It felt a very smooth process with your help and your quick responses to any queries were very reassuring.”