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?
We advise employees and ex employees of all sorts and sizes of businesses
Some employers of our clients have been:
Aston Martin Lagonda
Bausch & Lomb
The Body Shop
Bupa Healthcare Group
CH Caroline Herrerra
Dun & Bradstreet
El Al Airlines
Financial Services Authority
Johnson & Johnson
Leek United Building Society
London Stock Exchange
Midcounties Co-operative Society
Mitchells & Butler
Muller UK and Ireland
National Instruments Corporation
Nationwide Building Society
North Oxford Garage
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Pets at Home
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Royal Society of Chemistry
Strutt & Parker
Taylor & Francis
Thales Corporate Services
Thames Valley Police
The World Health Organisation
Times Educational Supplement
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