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This includes providing “scripts” for settlement discussions, advice on handling settlement negotiations and ensuring settlement packages are structured as efficiently as possible. It also includes advice on ensuring settlement offers are at an appropriate level in the circumstances. Additionally, drafting and negotiating settlement agreements (formerly compromise agreements).

We have extensive experience in the use of settlement agreements in commercial transactions, particularly in relation to corporate restructures and company sales and purchases. These are occasions when the way in which senior executives are treated can be crucial to the success of the transaction and a paramount concern of those involved.

We also design, manage and implement bulk settlement agreement projects, for exercises involving from 10 to 600 employees, and act as independent advisers in large scale redundancy and reorganisation exercises.

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Our Approach

Our employment solicitors are dedicated to assisting and advising on how to achieve your business objectives in the most efficient and practical way. We pride ourselves on providing straightforward and bespoke advice tailored to your business requirements and resources.

We understand that employers need to be decisive and act calmly but quickly in the context of the current coronavirus crisis.

Your work will be carried out by a qualified solicitor in the team, who knows your business requirements best. Work is also carried out at the appropriate level, depending on the complexity, sensitivity and importance of the matter. 

We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives and in relation to costs. We are aware that clarity on costs is vitally important to our clients, especially at a time when businesses are challenged by sudden and dramatic changes to economic circumstances.

As standard practice, we give our clients an estimate of the costs involved in undertaking any piece of work at the outset. We then provide cost updates on a regular basis. We are also happy to discuss fixed fees and retainer arrangements and agreements if that is helpful.

Our Experience

Recent examples of our work in this area include:

  • Advising a large employer on achieving a smooth departure of two board level executives
  • Providing close support to a national employer in relation to the removal of the Finance Director, including involvement in planning, strategy, drafting correspondence and negotiating to achieve a mutually agreeable outcome
  • Assisting a large employer in ensuring an executive leaving under a settlement agreement signed up to new restrictive covenants to protect the business from competition and solicitation
  • Acting for 600 individuals accepting settlement agreements in a large scale voluntary exercise, ensuring all agreements were completed within a tight timetable
  • Acting for various senior executives leaving PLC boards, including dealing with Stock Exchange announcement issues and packages involving complex bonuses, shares, LTIPs and share options

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Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Joanne Evans

Joanne Evans

Jo is a Partner and Head of our Employment department

Joanne Henderson

Joanne Henderson

Jo is a Partner in both our Employment and Compliance departments

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte is the Head of Myerson HR and a Senior Solicitor in our Employment department

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne

Patrick is a Solicitor in our Employment department

Jordan Buckle

Jordan Buckle

Jordan is a Solicitor in our Employment department

Vicki Fagan

Vicki Fagan

Vicki is a Solicitor in our Employment Department.

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