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As an employer, you may find yourself in a position where you are considering ‘paying off’ an employee.

free-guide-download This may be as a result of a redundancy, either to reduce costs or to achieve an organisational structure that meets your business needs.

Alternatively, you may be thinking of making an ex-gratia payment to an employee to resolve an employment issue without the risk of litigation.

Whatever the reason, it is wise to seek expert legal guidance first.

At Mander Hadley, our friendly and knowledgeable team of employment law experts can provide advice and practical assistance with Settlement Agreements, previously known as Compromise Agreements.

It is important that Settlement Agreement documents are drafted carefully to ensure they provide full protection and are tailored to address the specific situation the payment is intended to cover. Failing to follow the correct procedures could result in you facing an expensive unfair dismissal claim.

Fortunately, our expert employment law team at Mander Hadley have put together a free guide to Settlement Agreements, to help shed some light on the mechanics of these agreements and how they can be drafted and secured to best work in your favour.

Our free guide will help to answer all of the following questions, and more:

  • What is a settlement agreement?
  • What does a settlement agreement need to include?
  • How do I ensure my settlement agreement is made ‘without prejudice’?
  • What are the legal implications of a settlement agreement?
  • What can I do to ensure my settlement agreement is air-tight?
  • What needs to be included in the agreement to make it binding?
  • What will happen if an employee refuses to sign my settlement agreement?
  • What complications could I face if I fail to draft a settlement agreement?


To download our free guide to settlement agreements, please click here or contact Amanda Hyam at or by calling 024 7663 1212 for further advice.

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