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UK redundancies hit record high as job market slumps in third quarter

Nov 10, 2020

British employers laid off a record number of staff in the third quarter and the jobless rate jumped as the labour market weakened. A record 314,000 British workers were made redundant...

UK job losses: a list of companies axing staff during coronavirus

Nov 5, 2020

Below is a list of the companies that have axed jobs in the UK since the coronavirus crisis. In total, nearly 300,000 British jobs have been lost or are at risk so far and counting, Antler...

Surge in UK Unemployment Underway as DWP Reports 950K New Benefit Claimants in Just Two Weeks

Apr 3, 2020

Settlement agreements are often used in redundancy type situations. The UK's labour market is crumbling as coronavirus containment efforts drive a sharp spike in job...

Job losses in Europe and US hit financial crisis level

Apr 1, 2020

As many people have fallen out of work in the initial weeks of the coronavirus crisis as in the entire global financial crisis, according to initial indications from the US and...

Millions of UK jobs at risk owing to virus shutdown

Mar 18, 2020

Millions of jobs are at risk in sectors exposed to the UK’s shutdown of social activities with more than 200,000 people working in the leisure and hospitality sectors having been laid off...

Thousands of UK job losses put shadow on budget

Feb 28, 2020

Several major United Kingdom banking and insurance companies announced plans this week to make significant job cuts, mere days ahead of new chancellor Rishi Sunak's March 11 budget. ...

Brexit Job Loss Index: 436,296 Jobs Lost As Of 31 January 2020

Jan 20, 2020

The Brexit Job Loss Index is an attempt to keep track of the number of jobs lost in the UK due to Brexit. Here are the key stats (last updated 31/01/2020): Total Jobs Lost:...

More than 9,300 Met police jobs cut since 2010

Dec 7, 2019

More than 9,300 police staff jobs have been lost from the Metropolitan police force since 2010, figures from GMB, the union for police staff, reveal. The figures include an eye-watering...

Brexit uncertainty drives up job losses and holds back economy

Oct 25, 2019

Brexit uncertainty has begun driving up job losses across Britain as political turmoil holds back the economy, according to a Guardian analysis of economic news over the past month. In...

No-deal Brexit 'could put 40,000 jobs at risk' in NI

Jul 10, 2019

A no-deal Brexit could put 40,000 jobs at risk in Northern Ireland, according to new analysis from Stormont's Department for the Economy. The report says many jobs could "disappear almost...

Bankers sent home as Deutsche starts slashing jobs

Jul 9, 2019

Deutsche Bank has made the first of the 18,000 job cuts announced on Sunday as part of a radical reorganisation. Staff working in share trading in London, New York and Tokyo were told that their...

Honda Confirms Plan to Leave Britain as Brexit Looms

Feb 19, 2019

The Japanese automaker, which employs 3,500 at its Swindon, England, plant, is set to close the site by 2021. Honda has become the latest business to make plans to leave Britain as global forces...

Brexit already having 'negative impact on majority of UK firms'

Nov 6, 2018

Job cuts and supply chains at risk as companies threaten to trigger contingency plans if they don't get greater certainty Eight out of 10 UK firms surveyed by the Confederation of British...

MP alleged to have used public money to settle a legal dispute

Sep 17, 2018

A Birmingham MP who was taken to an employment tribunal by a former assistant and girlfriend is alleged to have used public money to settle a dispute. He was accused him of religious...

Settlement Agreements and Freedom of Speech

Jun 23, 2018

Settlement agreements are often used by either or both parties for confidentially. Article 11 of the European convection of human rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of...

Settlement Agreements and Discrimination of Accents

Feb 18, 2018

Question: Is it unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their accent? Answer: Sometimes, yes. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination against employees, workers and...

Settlement Agreements after Christmas Parties

Dec 1, 2017

There are often settlement agreement disputes after Christmas Party type work drinks. In Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2016] the High Court held that an employer was not liable for an...

Settlement Agreements and Whistle-blowing

Aug 2, 2017

Non-Executive Directors held personally liable for £1.75M for dismissing CEO for whistle-blowing In a Judgment handed down last week in the case of International Petroleum Limited v Osipov the...

Senior Employees and Settlement Agreements

Nov 23, 2016

Settlement agreements for senior employees, such as directors and senior executives, generally vary from other forms of settlement agreements. This is due to the fact that...

Statutory Maternity Pay not included in Settlement Agreement

Nov 17, 2016

Statutory Maternity Pay not included in Settlement Agreement (Campus Living Villages UK v HMRC & Sexton) A recent case heard in the First-tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) has held...

Frequent Clauses in Settlement Agreements

Nov 16, 2016

It is helpful for employers and employees alike to familiarise themselves with the most frequent clauses in settlement agreements. This article aims to clarify and explain the...

Tottenham Hotspur Players’ Settlement Agreement and Tax

Oct 24, 2016

Tottenham Hotspur Players’ Settlement Agreement Sparks Clarification on Employment Termination Tax Payment A recent case heard by the First-Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT)...

New Settlement Service for In House Counsel

Oct 4, 2016

A new settlement agreement service for In House Counsel has been launched by Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors. The service is especially suited to meet the needs of in house...

Leading Law Firm Launch Online Service

Sep 22, 2016

Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors have launched a new online service designed for employers and in house counsel who use settlement agreements on an ad hoc or regular basis....

Settlement Agreements and Tribunal Fees

Sep 22, 2014

The Labour opposition have pledged to abolish the current Employment Tribunal system if they return to power after the general election in the spring of 2015. Shadow...

Settlement Agreements and Facebook

Sep 15, 2014

Alleged misconduct involving an employee’s use of social media can pose difficulties for employers as it can be difficult to categorise the misconduct: for example, whether it...

Settlement Agreements and Costs

Sep 8, 2014

With every passing month further statistics are released confirming the sharp decline in the number of Employment Tribunal claims. From April to June this year, statistics...

Settlement Agreements and References

Sep 1, 2014

Settlement Agreements often involve an agreed reference so employers have a duty to provide a reference under the agreed terms and in line with sprit of the agreed reference....

Settlement Agreements and Employee Communications

Aug 22, 2014

Employee’s private communications have the ability to damage the reputation of an employer. There has been a steady stream of cases involving Facebook, Twitter and other...

Whistleblowing and Settlement Agreements

Aug 18, 2014

A long running dispute between a former partner Ms Bates Van Winkelhoff and law firm Clyde and Co LLP, ended when the parties settled their dispute. The parties entered into a...

Settlement Agreements and TUPE

Aug 15, 2014

TUPE is a commonly used abbreviation for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. The purpose of the legislation to protect employees and the...

Settlement Agreements and Garden Leave

Aug 11, 2014

Contracts of employment often provide employers the right to make a payment to employees in place of them working their notice period. Employers are keen to retain this...

Restrictive Covenants and Settlement Agreements.

Aug 8, 2014

Restrictive covenants are used in employment contracts to restrain the activities of an employee at the end of the employment relationship. There are different types of...

Settlement Agreements and References

Jul 18, 2014

In all walks of life sometimes personalities clash and people need to move on. It is no different in an employment context and parting on good terms with an agreed reference as...

Blacklisting and Settlement Agreements

Jul 14, 2014

Since March 2010, the Blacklisting Regulations, have made it unlawful for employers, employment agencies and others to compile, supply or use a blacklist of trade union members...

Settlement Agreements and International Divorce

Jul 10, 2014

International marriages are not unusual in today’s world. Unfortunately, international marriages, like any other marriage, can end in divorce. Right to divorce in...

Settlement Agreements and Maternity Rights

Jul 3, 2014

Your employment rights are protected when on statutory maternity leave; however with the myriad of different rules and separate regimes maternity rights and pay can become a...

Settlement Agreements and Disability.

Jul 3, 2014

Is obesity a disability? The question is important because if obesity were to be classified as a disability additional protection would attach to obese employees and employers...

Illegal Contracts and Settlement Agreements.

Jul 1, 2014

Working illegally does not automatically prevent an employee from the protection the judicial system provides in the UK. However, an employee who works illegally under a...

Settlement Agreements Seminar

Jul 1, 2014

Free Legal Seminar Lunch Could your organisation benefit from our unique legal seminar as other employer organisations have over recent months? See why HR teams are...

Settlement Agreements and Whistleblowing

Jun 13, 2014

Do you know when raising a concern might lead to you becoming a whistle-blower? Are you aware of who you would need to communicate that information to? Do you know what kind of...

Settlement Agreements and Wrongful Dismissal

Jun 5, 2014

In most circumstances, notice must be given to terminate an employment relationship. Where an employer fails to give the requisite period of notice specified in the...

Settlement Agreements and Employment status

Jun 2, 2014

Why does it matter if a member of staff is an employee, contractor or worker? There are various reasons why the distinction between them is significant. Employment...

Settlement agreements and redundancy

May 29, 2014

Employees, who are made redundant, providing they meet the minimum criteria, are entitled to statutory redundancy payment. However, some employees may be contractually...

Settlement Agreements and Privacy

May 28, 2014

At what point does work communication end and private communication begin. Employees may be fairly dismissed for breaching a company’s computer, email or internet usage...

Settlement Agreements and Constructive Dismissal

May 22, 2014

A constructive dismissal occurs where the employer does not dismiss the employee, but the employee resigns and can show that they were entitled to do so by virtue of the...

Settlement Agreements and the EAT

May 19, 2014

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently been clarified by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal were dealing with an appeal by an ex-employee against the EAT’s...

Settlement Agreements and Time Limits

May 15, 2014

If an employee is offered a settlement agreement, they will need to weigh up the settlement offer against the employment rights they are forfeiting under the agreement. Settlement...

Settlement Agreements and Misconduct

May 12, 2014

Do you operate in a safety critical environment? Does your employer advocate and operate a zero tolerance policy to drugs? An employee with 15 years’ of unblemished...

Settlement agreements and zero hours contracts

May 8, 2014

Settlement agreements are often used to settle employment status or contract disputes. Many support the flexibility that zero hours contracts can offer both employers and...

Tribunal fees and Settlement agreements

Apr 29, 2014

Another week; another notable opinion on the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunal. Recently, the Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock, suggested that the hefty 79%...

Settlement Agreements and the right to work in the UK

Apr 28, 2014

It is common place for employers to ask for various documents and forms of ID when you start work for them. This is because they must ensure that all of their employees have the...

Settlement Agreements and Pre-Nuptials

Apr 28, 2014

Many of us will have read in the newspapers about celebrities, usually from the United States, entering into pre-nuptial agreements governing the distribution of their assets on...

Settlement Agreements and Mediation

Apr 27, 2014

In R (on the application of Paul Crawford) v Newcastle Upon Tyne University [2014] EWHC 1197 (Admin) the Administrative Division of the High Court has considered silence in...

Settlement Agreements and Confidentially

Apr 26, 2014

Publicly confidential What happens when sackings or job losses take place at some of the world’s best known employers? The exact situation becomes...

Manchester United and Moyes agree settlement agreement

Apr 25, 2014

The League Managers Association have today confirmed that Manchester United have reached a settlement agreement with sacked manager David Moyes. Moyes was fired from...

Settlement Agreements and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Apr 23, 2014

In Twintec Ltd v Volkerfitzpatrick Ltd [2014] EWHC 10 (TCC) the Court held that the terms of a particular sub-contract were not incorporated into a letter of intent so the...

Simplifying Settlement Agreements Seminar

Apr 15, 2014

Free Legal Seminar Lunch - Simplifying Settlement Agreements Online/Offline We know how time consuming larger scale exit programmes can be. We also know...

Settlement agreements and whistleblowing

Apr 14, 2014

People who make protected disclosures or ‘whistle blowers’ frequently make the headlines. Over recent months there have been a number of notable cases in the NHS for...

Settlement Agreements and workplace behaviour

Apr 8, 2014

In a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case issues surrounding the use of Human Resources Consultants in disciplinary matters were investigated. By way of background, the...

Settlement Agreements and Unfair Dismissal.

Apr 7, 2014

A very important recent case has resulted in a ruling which may prove to be popular with employers. A claim for Unfair Dismissal was presented to the Employment...

Settlement agreements and Mandatory early conciliation

Apr 6, 2014

From 6 April 2014, anyone wishing to issue an Employment Tribunal claim must first contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to consider conciliation of...

Settlement Agreements and Employment Law Reforms

Apr 5, 2014

On 6 April 2014 a raft of important employment law reforms will come into force. Here is a brief summary of 6 of the key changes. 1. Introduction of ACAS early...

Tribunal Fees and Settlement Agreements

Apr 2, 2014

We have written a number of articles relating to the system of Tribunal fees which was implemented on 29 July 2013. There is no doubt that the introduction of these fees has had an effect on the...

Financial Penalties for Employers and Settlement Agreements.

Apr 1, 2014

There are a number of changes coming into force on 6 April 2014. One change which could prove to be in an employee Claimant’s favour is in relation to a new power that the Tribunal will be...

Pre-nuptial agreement to become binding

Mar 31, 2014

The Law Commission report into matrimonial property, needs and agreements was published on 27 February 2014. Although its recommendations still have to be debated and are...

Settlement agreements and redundancy payments

Mar 18, 2014

Very often, if an employer is making some of its employees redundant, they will pay redundancy in accordance with the statutory redundancy scheme. This is a calculation based on...

Settlement agreements and time limits

Mar 17, 2014

We have emphasised in a number of previous articles how strict the Employment Tribunal will be when it comes to enforcing their deadlines and time limits. This was proved in a...

Settlement Agreements and Employment Tribunals

Mar 6, 2014

Claims received by the Employment Tribunals between October and December 2013 were 79% fewer than in the same period of 2012, and 75% fewer than last quarter. Many say...

Settlement Agreements and Flexible Working

Mar 5, 2014

Employment disputes and settlement agreements often arise from flexible working issues. From 30 June 2014, provided that an employee has completed the 26 week required...

Settlement Agreements and Racial Harassment

Mar 4, 2014

Settlement agreements and workplace disputes can arise from all manner of scenarios and require discussion of difficult subjects. One such case was recently heard in the...

Settlement Agreements and Confidentiality

Mar 3, 2014

First things first, this article is based on a case which happened in the USA and therefore acts as a word of warning rather than a case from our own jurisdiction. ...

Settlement Agreements and civil proceedings

Mar 2, 2014

Will recent changes to the attitude of the courts result in more use of alternative dispute resolution procedures like mediation or arbitration? The Civil...

Settlement agreements and covert recordings

Mar 1, 2014

Covert audio recordings often appear in settlement agreement/employment type cases. There have been two recent cases (one more high profile than the other) which have...

Shareholder disputes and settlements-Corporate

Feb 28, 2014

A recent case* has highlighted the need for anyone who instructs someone else to hold shares on his behalf, to take steps to ensure that the rights he would enjoy as the legal...

Scotland removes confidentially from settlements

Feb 27, 2014

Confidentially clauses are an extremely common feature of settlement agreements across all workplaces in the United Kingdom. The Scottish government have recently...

Flexible working and Settlement Agreements

Feb 25, 2014

Settlement agreement disputes can arise from an initial difference in respect of flexible working. It is a common myth that employees can only make a flexible working...

Stress and Settlement Agreements

Feb 21, 2014

Settlement agreements are often used after allegations of workplace stress have been made. What is stress? The Health and Safety Executive...

Settlement Agreements and Compensation Limits

Feb 20, 2014

Details of the annual review of compensation limits have been published this week. The new limits shall take effect from 6 April 2014 and will only apply where the event giving...

Settlement agreements and crowd funding

Feb 19, 2014

Settlement agreements are often reached over disputes between investors and owner managers. Such disputes seem likely to appear increasingly in the field of crowd funding....

Settlement agreements and reasonable adjustments

Feb 18, 2014

Cases of disability discrimination often lead to settlement agreements. An employer can refuse to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled employee where it has...

Settlement agreements and whistleblowing

Feb 17, 2014

Whistleblowing is a common term for the principle of a protected disclosure. Settlements agreements are sometimes offered after whistleblowing has occurred in...

Settlement agreements and restrictive covenants

Feb 14, 2014

If you work in a position where you are exposed to confidential or sensitive information, such as important client lists, your employer is likely to want to restrict your post...

Settlement Agreements and the National Minimum Wage

Feb 13, 2014

Are you aware of the current NMW rates? Do you know your rights?

Tribunal Fees and Settlement Agreements

Feb 11, 2014

Further to our previous articles on Tribunal fees, it has been announced by the government that the Courts and Tribunals Service is currently developing tools in order to create...

An incentive to use settlement agreements?

Feb 10, 2014

A timely reminder that the government is expected to introduce employer penalties in Employment Tribunal cases this April. The measures will allow Tribunals to levy...

Confidentially without a Settlement Agreement.

Feb 7, 2014

You may have seen in the headlines a case regarding a Policeman who worked for the Gwent police force. PC Baillon took Gwent police to the Employment Tribunal in Cardiff claiming...

Settlement Agreements and Post-natal depression

Feb 6, 2014

Post-natal depression (PND) is surprisingly common. The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that 10-15 in every 100 women become depressed after having a baby. Whilst for...

Shared Parental Leave and Settlement Agreements

Jan 29, 2014

It is important that employees are aware of upcoming changes to parental leave. We will keep you up to date on developments as they happen. In February 2013...

Changing employment contracts and Settlement Agreements

Jan 28, 2014

Settlement agreements are often used during proposed or forced changes to contracts. In tough economic times it is common for employees to stay in jobs for...

Settlement Agreements and the right to be accompanied

Jan 27, 2014

Many settlement agreements are the result of some form of disciplinary or grievance being raised either against or by an employee. In many cases an employee will have...

Settlement Agreement or Employment Tribunal?

Jan 25, 2014

Tribunal Fees are here to stay….. for now at least. In July 2013 the government introduced fees to be paid by Claimant’s when issuing claims in the Employment...

Obligations under a Settlement Agreement

Jan 24, 2014

Very often Settlement Agreements come about after what can have been a very stressful period for employees. Leaving a job in any circumstances can be difficult and it...

Employees Liability and Settlement Agreements

Jan 23, 2014

There are situations where an employer is liable for the actions of an employee against a third party. However, there must be a close connection between the wrong doing and the...

Maternity leave/public holidays and Settlement Agreements

Jan 18, 2014

Maternity leave/public holidays and Settlement Agreements Women on maternity leave are not entitled to bank holidays… This is not necessarily straight forward. A woman’s contractual...

How often is too often to be off sick

Jan 17, 2014

In many cases, an offer of a Settlement Agreement can be related to an employee leaving a business due to ill health, generally for a case of long-term sickness...

Settlement Agreements and public holidays.

Jan 11, 2014

Everybody loves a public holiday, a chance to do DIY or just have a lie in, but are you entitled to rely on these days as a time to be off work? This can often be a bone of...

Settlement Agreements and Gross Misconduct.

Jan 10, 2014

In Brito-Babapulle v Ealing Hospital NHS Trust EAT The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) highlighted, that even when an employer believes there to be...

Tribunal fees and the impact on Settlement

Jan 10, 2014

As you will be aware from our previous news article on Employment Tribunal fees, someone wishing to bring a claim in the Tribunal may now have to pay a fee to do...

Repudiatory breach of contract and settlement agreements

Jan 9, 2014

When an employee may be constructively dismissed? When an employer commits a ‘repudiatory breach of contract’ – this means a breach of a contractual term whether...

Settlement Agreements and Constructive Dismissal

Jan 8, 2014

A recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) raises a number of note-worthy points. The Claimant had worked as the Practice Manager of a dental surgery for...

Settlement Agreements and Mandatory Early Conciliation

Jan 8, 2014

Employees who are considering settlement agreements instead of issuing proceedings should be aware of forthcoming changes. From 6 April 2014 it is...

Employer Penalties and Settlement Agreements.

Jan 7, 2014

Settlement agreements normally compensate for any claims that employees may have. In April the government is expected to introduce measures that will allow...

Settlement Agreements. When the floodgates open

Jan 7, 2014

Settlement Agreements are used in a wide range of situations and scenarios from individuals to large scale workforce redundancies. Recent press coverage of claims against...

Settlement Agreements and Automatic Unfair Dismissal.

Jan 3, 2014

You may be familiar with the concept of Unfair Dismissal however, as with many areas of law, it is not always as straight forward as you may have thought. Usually to...

Unfair Dismissal and Settlement Agreements

Jan 2, 2014

Employees have the right under statute not to be unfairly dismissed. This is a fundamental principal in employment law in this country. Many offers of Settlement Agreements come...

Bonuses and Settlement Agreements.

Dec 23, 2013

Whenever a settlement agreement is offered, there could well be a need to consider any employee bonus entitlement. The following case highlights how bonus...

Settlement Agreements and Qualifying Service

Dec 20, 2013

There is a myth that employees with less than two years service cannot bring Unfair Dismissal claims. This is not true. There are many circumstances in which...

Corporate-penalty clauses

Dec 19, 2013

Settlement agreements are often negotiated in respect of restrictive covenants. There was much comment in the legal press last year on a High Court decision which...

Obesity and Settlement Agreements

Dec 19, 2013

Settlement agreements are often used in cases of disability discrimination Is obesity now classed as a disability? We are constantly being reminded...

Settlement Agreements and Part Time Hours

Dec 18, 2013

Sometimes employees sign settlement agreements after being refused the right to work part time hours. It is a common misconception that employees returning from...

Corporate- Settlement Agreements and Civil Mediation

Dec 18, 2013

The early part of 2013 bought a wide range of changes to civil litigation procedure following the review undertaken by Sir Rupert Jackson. The courts are continuing to emphasise...

Social Media and Settlement Agreements

Dec 17, 2013

Non derogatory clauses are a common feature in settlement agreements Employees often post derogatory comments about Employers on Facebook both before and...

Settlement agreements and disciplinary proceedings

Dec 16, 2013

Disciplinary proceedings often lead to settlement agreements. The Supreme Court has recently intervened in relation to one area of disciplinary proceedings...

Settlement agreements and TUPE

Dec 13, 2013

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) operate to protect employees on the transfer of a business or when a service contract...

Settlement Agreements and Child Relocation

Dec 4, 2013

For those moving across borders with children, the 1996 Hague Convention provides a number of safeguards and rights. It is therefore important to seek legal advice from an...

Calculating Holiday Pay: The Overtime Factor

Dec 3, 2013

Should overtime be included in the calculation of worker’s holiday pay, even where they have normal hours and no contractual entitlement to work...

Constructive dismissal settlements: the correct test

Dec 2, 2013

Employers often offer settlement agreements where they feel that an employee may bring a claim for constructive dismissal.

“Subject to Contract” – What does it mean

Nov 30, 2013

When negotiating a settlement of any dispute it is imperative to add the words “subject to contract” to correspondence where it is intended that the...

Confidentiality in settlement agreements – why is it so important?

Nov 29, 2013

Any settlement agreement is likely to contain an obligation of confidentiality on you. This could be in terms of confidential information obtained during employment...

Tribunal proceedings and costs

Nov 28, 2013

Settlement Agreements are sometimes an alternative to Employment Tribunal or Court proceedings as your actual or potential claims against your employer are...

Settlement (compromise) payments and tax

Nov 27, 2013

The tax provisions in settlement agreements often appear confusing however, ignorance or misunderstanding of the tax treatment of your settlement package could be costly. It is therefore...

Your right to bring a claim comes at a cost...

Nov 26, 2013

Settlement Agreements are utilised in order to settle actual or potential claims that an employee may have against their employer. The alternative to a settlement agreement will be...

Enforcing Divorce Settlement Agreements - Petrodel Resources Ltd v Prest: a triumph for common sense

Nov 25, 2013

The highly anticipated Supreme Court decision was handed down on 12 June 2013 in Prest v Petrodel Resources & others [2013] UKSC 34. The outcome came as a pleasant surprise for family lawyers...

Redundancy – same number of employees but less work

Nov 22, 2013

Does there need to be a reduction in the number of employees to satisfy the definition of redundancy? Settlement agreements are often used in redundancy...

The balance between work and religion

Nov 20, 2013

Wherever there is an allegation of discrimination, there will often be consideration of a settlement agreement. There have been many...

Met uses settlement agreements to pay out £666,000 for racist behaviour

Nov 17, 2013

The Metropolitan Police has compensated over 30 people to the tune of almost £666,000. Most of the cases have been made in out-of-court settlements. ...

Keep your restrictive covenants under review

Nov 16, 2013

Restrictions are often re-inforced or placed into settlement agreements at the end of the employment relationship.   In the case of Patsystems...

When is ‘redundancy’ a legitimate reason for dismissal?

Nov 15, 2013

Settlement agreements are often used in redundancy situations. Employers are trying to make financial savings or move to a different location on a daily...

International pre-nups and Settlement Agreements

Nov 13, 2013

Press articles over the last couple of years have reported an increase in Parisians moving to London to avoid new tax legislation and levies on their wealth in France. ...

Internal disciplinary hearings and right to legal representation. Ministry of Justice v Parry [2012]

Nov 12, 2013

Settlement agreements often arise around the time of internal disciplinary hearings. The following case deals with the right to legal representation for...

More unenforceable Restrictive Covenants. CEF Holdings Ltd v Mundey [2012]

Nov 11, 2013

In this case a number of employees from CEF holdings Ltd (CEF) left the company and joined Yesss, a business set up to compete with CEF. The High Court, in a...

When does the contract of employment end?

Nov 10, 2013

Where there is a repudiatory breach of contract, that is a fundamental breach going to the heart of the employment contract, does the contract automatically...

Considerations for senior employees

Nov 9, 2013

Are you a director or a senior executive? If so, the settlement agreement you enter into might need to include additional considerations that will need to be...

Football Manager enters into a settlement agreement

Nov 8, 2013

Nicky Forster, the former manager of Dover Athletic has settled with the club after a dispute over his employment The former Brentford striker and the club...

American whistleblower could receive $5 million settlement from IT giant

Nov 7, 2013

The former American employee of Infosys, who had brought a whistleblower claim against the IT giant could receive about $5 million in a settlement. Jay...

Simplifying Settlements- An employers perspective

Nov 5, 2013

Simplifying Settlements- An Employers perspective Employment settlement agreements were introduced earlier this year as part of wide ranging employment law reforms. Settlement...

Sharon Shoesmith enters a settlement agreement

Nov 5, 2013

...over her unfair dismissal following the “Baby P” tragedy. Much has been made in the press over this alleged settlement agreement but it is not...

Signed and settled – what now?

Nov 4, 2013

You have agreed the terms of a settlement agreement which you have signed. Your termination date has passed and you have received the settlement monies due to you...

Protected Conversations – what are they?

Nov 4, 2013

“without prejudice”, “off the record”, “pre-termination negotiations” are labels attached to “protected conversations” in the workplace between you...

Expat Divorce and Settlement Agreements

Nov 3, 2013

Matrimonial Settlement Agreements are sometimes considered during expat divorces. If a UK national moves abroad and subsequently divorces there, it is important that assets in the UK are...

Settlement Agreements - what’s in a name?

Nov 3, 2013

Many people are familiar with the concept of ‘compromise agreements’, which are now known as settlement agreements. In short they are a legally binding...

Settlement Agreements and International Divorce.

Nov 2, 2013

Divorce settlement agreements obviously involve marriages in different locations. When a couple separate, there is often a great deal of confusion about the relevance or otherwise of a...

Out with the old and in with the new

Nov 2, 2013

...Tribunal Rules, Settlement Agreements, New Forms ET1 and ET3 and Tribunal Fees The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure)...

Settlement agreements - a new way forward

Nov 1, 2013

Under new plans unveiled by the government employers may be able to move away from the rigmarole of compromise agreements and move onto a new regime of settlement...

A compromise too far?

Nov 1, 2013

It is standard for a compromise agreement to include a clause reimbursing a former employee for any expenses incurred in having to make him or herself available for...

Settlement Agreements and Entire Agreement Clauses

Oct 1, 2013

In the recent case of Axa Sun Life Services v Campbell Martin Ltd and others, the Court of Appeal considered the effectiveness (or otherwise) of an entire agreement clause and,...