Settlement Agreements Still on the Increase!

Settlement Agreements Still on the Increase!

In recent years, the use of settlement agreements – when an employment relationship is coming to an end – has increased dramatically.  Inverness, the Highlands and Moray are no exception.  This is down to a range of factors including continued economic uncertainty and the fact certain legislation has expanded the circumstances in which discussions might take place. The scrapping of Employment Tribunal fees appears to have led to further increased use of such documents.

From the employer perspective, settlement agreements are helpful as they give comfort that no claims will be brought following employment ending. However, from the employee perspective, it is important that a proper assessment is made of the facts and circumstances involved. This is why there is a requirement that employees seek legal advice before signing such an agreement.

Macleod & MacCallum’s employment team, Graham Laughton and Euan Smith, have many years’ of experience in advising employees under such circumstances. As a result, they can more properly assess an employee’s rights and potential claims, under such circumstances. Taking legal advice will not always result in significant changes to a settlement agreement but at least you will know that matters have been considered fully. Some cases are straightforward and little or no detailed advice is required… but why take the risk? It is always recommended you take advice from a genuine employment law expert, who is properly equipped to advise you.

Macleod & MacCallum Employment Team, Euan Smith and Graham Laughton, act for businesses and employees/individuals and can be contacted on 01463239393 or

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