Settlement Agreements

Key contacts

Morton Fraser_Innes Clark
Innes Clark
Innes is a partner and heads up our Litigation division which is one of the largest and most experienced litigation teams in Scotland. 
0131 516 9564
MortonFraser_Lindsey Cartwright
Lindsey Cartwright
Lindsey is one of Scotland's best-known employment lawyers.
0141 274 1141

Our specialist employment solicitors based in Edinburgh and Glasgow deal with settlement agreements every day. You may be asked to sign a settlement agreement if you have a dispute with your employer, if your employment is coming to an end or if you are being paid an enhanced redundancy payment. You are required to take legal advice for the agreement to be valid and your employer will very often pay your legal fees.

Although our employment lawyers are based in Scotland we are able to provide settlement agreement advice over the telephone or via a video call throughout the UK.

How we can help you

We'll cut though the legal jargon and provide you with a clear understanding of what you are signing. If you would like us to negotiate the terms of your settlement agreement on your behalf we will work swiftly to get you the best deal possible.

Benefits we bring to you 

All of our employment law solicitors, in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, have a huge amount of experience of negotiating and advising on settlement agreements in a wide variety of circumstances.

We have more Law Society of Scotland accredited employment law specialists than any other team in Scotland. Our employment lawyers are also rated by both Chambers and Legal 500 as one of the best teams in Scotland. Our employment solicitors are also commended for employment law by The Times in their Best Law Firms 2021 guide.

With many of our new clients coming to us via referrals the value we can add to the process is recognised by the clients that we have acted for in the past. You can see a selection of the many positive testimonials that we receive from our clients below.

Our approach to fees

As well as providing clear advice we guarantee that we will be transparent on costs.

If you are asked to sign a settlement agreement it's very often the case that your employer will pay your legal fees. We offer two separate fee structures:

  • Advice only
  • Advice and negotiation

Advice only

Our 'advice only' service for settlement agreements is designed for circumstances where you're content with the terms of the agreement and simply want to have the agreement concluded as soon as possible.

If we agree to provide an 'advice only' service we'll do the work for the contribution to legal fees being made by your employer subject to a minimum fee of £350 plus VAT.

Advice and negotiation

Our 'advice and negotiation' settlement agreement service is suitable when you want to negotiate the financial terms. We will negotiate the terms of your agreement on your behalf with a view to increasing the amount you receive. As part of this, we will also attempt to negotiate the contribution to legal fees being made by your employer. We will charge for this service on a time spent basis and will provide with you with an indication of total fees at the outset, keeping you updated on fees as the negotiations progress.