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Specialist Employment Law Solicitors in Abingdon
For Oxford, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, London & the Thames Valley

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Services for Individuals

We understand that your employment law problem is your number one priority. It’s our job to support you through this challenging time.

Advice on settlement agreements

We are experts in advising employees on settlement agreements offered by their employers. We provide different levels of advice depending on your requirements and how much you want to spend.

The minimum advice we provide is on the terms and effect of the settlement agreement, in particular on statutory employment rights. We have to do this in order to certify we have provided the advice as required by the employer who usually contributes to your legal fees. We provide this advice in writing in the form of a detailed report. We will try to match our fee for this advice to the contribution being offered by the employer.

We can also advise you on whether you should accept the financial package, renegotiating the package, and redrafting the agreement so its terms and more beneficial.

For more information about settlement agreements, click here.

Concerned about coronavirus?

Most of the advice which we give is by phone and email. We rarely need to have a meeting with you.

For general guidance on COVID in the workplace, see: See ACAS Guide for employers and employee click here.

Click here for more coronavirus information and resources for employees.

Individuals benefit from our one to one employment law service:

  • When negotiating new employment contracts
  • To advise on settlement agreements
  • In termination of employment situations
  • In disputes with their employers
  • To bring employment tribunal claims
  • When negotiating settlement of claims
  • When facing disciplinary proceedings
  • To advise on post employment anti competition restraints
  • When bringing grievances

Why not call us to discuss what help you need?


“Thank you for everything. You were responsive, rapid, insightful and available. You were a great and reassuring support. Thank you once again so very much.”

“I would like to thank you for the advice and service and I will certainly recommend you to anyone in the same or similar situations. I'm not sure how you could have been more friendly.”

“I was very happy with your professionalism, and always felt like you were seeking my best interest. Thank you for that. I will be happy to refer you should the opportunity to come up to do this. Thank you!”

“Many thanks for all your help, it made a huge difference to the outcome, and to what I can do in the future.”

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Jill Kelly, your specialist Employment Law Solicitor

We advise employees and ex employees of all sorts and sizes of businesses

Some employers of our clients have been:

Abbotts Diabetes Care
AC Nielsen
Air Products
Anglian Windows
Ansys UK
Ask Restaurants
Aston Martin Lagonda
Barclays Bank
Bausch & Lomb
Baxter Healthcare
The Body Shop
Bupa Healthcare Group
Capgemini UK
Carphone Warehouse
CH Caroline Herrerra
Cisco International
Clydesdale Bank
Dairy Crest
Dolby Laboratories
Dun & Bradstreet
El Al Airlines
Element Six
Financial Services Authority

Handelsbanken plc
Headington School
Honda UK
Johnson & Johnson
Jordans Publishing
J Sainsbury
Leek United Building Society
Lloyds Bank
London Stock Exchange
Lombard Medical
LTI Metaltech
Midcounties Co-operative Society
Mitchells & Butler
Monier Redland
Muller UK and Ireland
National Instruments Corporation
Nationwide Building Society
Next Retail
North Oxford Garage
One Stop
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Colleges
Oxford Catalysts

Oxford Immunotec
Oxford University
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
PepsiCo International
Pets at Home
Pizza Hut
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Research Machines
Rouse Honey
Royal Mail
Royal Society of Chemistry
Shaw Gibbs
Shell UK
Siemens Magnet
Strutt & Parker
Taylor & Francis
TGI Fridays
Thames Water
Thales Corporate Services
Thames Valley Police
The World Health Organisation
Times Educational Supplement
Travis Perkins
Time Warner
Trinity Mirror
TSB Bank
Ultralife Batteries
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Visa Europe
Waterstones Booksellers
WPP Group
NHS Trusts
Local councils

Have you been asked to sign a non disclosure agreement?

Have you been asked to sign a non disclosure agreement or confidentiality agreement? We advise employees on the impact of confidentiality agreements and can negotiate with your employer to reduce the impact on the employee. The Law Society has published an advice leaflet about it. For more information click here

Publication of Employment Tribunal Judgments online and applications for anonymity

The Governments maintains a register of all judgments issued by Employment Tribunals. The contents of the register are made available for public inspection. The vast majority of judgments (including dismissal judgments) issued to parties must be published on the register which is available online here.

An Employment Tribunal has the power, to make an order with a view to preventing or restricting the public disclosure of any aspect of the tribunal proceedings but it can only make such an order if one or more very strict conditions are met. (Rule 50 of the Employment Tribunal rules gives more detail about these conditions.)

It is possible for an Employment Tribunal to make an order which places restrictions on what may be published in the register. This can include, for example, an order which anonymises the name of one or more individuals referred to in the judgment. Anyone who wishes to apply for an order under Rule 50 should do so as early as possible in the tribunal proceedings. Any application of this type can be made in writing or at any hearing.

Paying for legal advice

We will advise you about how much our advice is going to cost at the start so that you can make informed, commercial decisions. Generally, we charge for services at an hourly rate.

For settlement agreements, we try to accommodate any fixed fee for advice on settlement agreements offered by the employer, generally subject to a minimum fee of £500 plus VAT. Where the employer requires the employee to sign a "reaffirmation certificate" as well as the settlement agreement, our minimum fee is £750 plus VAT.

However, in support of our charities, we are currently prepared to consider providing advice on settlement agreements for a minimum fee of £350 plus VAT if the client cannot afford to pay our standard minimum. Proceeds will then go to our charities. These are the charities we support: the Hawk and Owl Trust and the Camphill Wellbeing Trust. This reduced rate is at our discretion. It is not available where a reaffirmation certificate is required.

We do not offer free interviews or "no win no fee" assistance. You should check whether you have legal expenses insurance. If you do, you should speak to your insurers before approaching a solicitor of your own choice. For guidance from Citizens Advice on finding free or affordable legal help click here

For information about our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair dismissal and breach of contract in the Employment Tribunal click here

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