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Our Charges

Settlement Agreements – For Employees

Our standard minimum charges for Settlement Agreements range from £450+VAT for a straightforward Settlement Agreement to £1,000+VAT for a Director-level Settlement Agreement.  These fees should be met by your employer as part of the process.  This figure includes:

  • Dealing with ID and other formalities
  • Reviewing all contractual documentation including your employment contract and the Settlement Agreement, and providing initial advice on areas of concern, if any
  • A detailed explanation of the Agreement and its consequences for you and your future employment
  • A full meeting to go through all elements of the Agreement and to sign this if all is acceptable to you
  • all associated telephone attendances and correspondence
  • providing the required Certificate to your employer with the signed Agreement for counter-signature and return

What is not included in the standard charge for a straightforward Settlement Agreement:

  • unusually complex or contentious Agreements
  • negotiating with your employer to amend the Settlement Agreement or deal with contractual clauses which you wish to be waived as part of the Agreement
  • a re-affirmation letter and further Certificate
  • detailed tax advice
  • detailed contractual review
  • unusual urgency

Any additional time required for any of the above will be charged at the individual solicitor’s hourly rate charge.

If the contribution offered by your employer does not meet our charge and they refuse to increase this, the difference between the contribution and the charge becomes your responsibility.

If your employer is not offering any type of formal written agreement in support of their proposal, we would need to review your Contract and discuss further the potential implications of this. Any such advice would be charged on an hourly rate basis.

Please see our ‘How We Charge’ section which explains how we calculate our charges and gives information about hourly rates.

You should speak to your insurers as you may be able to claim legal costs against your household or other insurance where legal cover protection has been included in your policy.

Settlement Agreements – For Employers

The costs of assisting you with the dismissal of an employee by Settlement Agreement will depend on:

  • the complexity of the contractual position
  • the number of employees involved
  • the surrounding circumstances e.g. TUPE issues
  • any outstanding grievances or disciplinary issues
  • the level of support and documentation required by you
  • the urgency of the matter

 

As an indication, the provision of a tailored, simple Settlement Agreement for one employee, with a standard contract of employment (no unusual or onerous covenants or clauses), no disciplinary or grievance issues and all parties in agreement would cost £500-£1,000+VAT

Please contact us directly for a more detailed estimate of likely costs.

Please see our ‘How We Charge’ section which explains how we calculate our charges and gives information about hourly rates.

Other Employment Law Matters

Please contact us directly with details of your employment law issue and we will provide you with an estimate of the likely cost for this, based on the solicitor’s hourly rate charge.

Please see our ‘How We Charge’ section which explains how we calculate our charges and gives information about hourly rates.

You should speak to your insurers as you may be able to claim legal costs against your household or other insurance where legal cover protection has been included in your policy.

 

Our Locations

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Please note that our physical offices are open as usual, with appointments available by arrangement in limited circumstances to ensure the safety of our staff and clients.

 When attending our offices, please

You will be asked to stand at a safe distance from our staff at all times.

Please do not attend our offices if you or anyone in your household is currently experiencing symptoms of COVID19 or has tested positive for the disease in the last 14 days.

We shall be working remotely wherever this is possible and we will have access to our emails which is currently the best form of communication.

Meetings will be held in the first instance by telephone, and your solicitor will discuss with you any arrangements relating to ID or signature of documents. If you have any questions please direct these to your solicitor in the first instance or by email to law@pwjsolicitors.co.uk.

Thank you for your on-going support in these difficult and unprecedented times.