I recently assisted a client in respect of a Settlement Agreement. I did not consider the original Settlement Agreement accurately reflected the compensation my client was due and therefore negotiated on her behalf for a better deal. Please read on for more information about how I was able to increase my client’s compensation.
My Client’s Story
My client had found herself subject to a redundancy procedure at work. She was part way through the consultation meetings when her employer offered her a Settlement Agreement. A Settlement Agreement is a contract between an employer and employee whereby (usually) the employee will give up their employment and any claims they have in exchange for compensation.
My client contacted me to arrange an appointment to discuss the terms of the Settlement Agreement.
During our appointment, I asked my client to provide me with a background of her employment history and the redundancy process. What this background highlighted was that not only had her employer failed to follow a fair redundancy procedure but that my client had also suffered disability discrimination as part of their procedure. The redundancy procedure did not make reasonable adjustments to account for my client’s disability when applying the scoring matrix to decide which employee would be selected for redundancy.
When we compared my assessment of her potential claims against the financial incentives offered under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, it did not accurately reflect the compensation she was entitled to. I also noted that there were drafting amendments which needed to be made to the Settlement Agreement to protect my client’s position moving forward.
My client instructed me to enter into negotiations with her employer with a view to amending the Settlement Agreement but also increasing the compensation figure offered.
After a period of negotiation, her employer accepted all the drafting amendments requested and increased their offer of compensation. Once an amended Settlement Agreement had been prepared, I was able to have a final appointment with my client to go through the amended document and complete all the necessary formalities.
My client was delighted that we were able to achieve a positive outcome and I was very grateful to receive the following five-star review from her.
Five Star Client Review
What were the circumstances that caused you to look for a legal adviser?
Being made redundant but also facing discrimination
How did Jasmine Stewart help you?
Listening very patiently, collating a great amount of information, calmly guiding me through my options, making it very clear to me that I was under no obligation and that I still had a choice. At every step keeping me informed and explaining everything.
Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?
Yes I have
What could they have done better?
Nothing, I am extremely impressed with Jasmine’s knowledge and ability to take over the discussions on my behalf. She was able to increase my settlement and provide an outcome I am happy with.
Lincs Law Employment Solicitors Can Help You
If you would like to discuss a Settlement Agreement, please do not hesitate to contact me for a no obligation, free consultation please call on 01522 440512. For more information on Settlement Agreement, please visit our website: https://lincslaw.co.uk/services/settlement-agreement/
Specialist Employment Solicitor