Legal Advice and Charges
For the settlement agreement to be legally binding the employee must seek independent advice on its terms. Generally this advice is obtained from a lawyer.
It is usual practice for the lawyer to sign a form or a certificate confirming that the advice has been given. In particular, the lawyer must confirm that they have a policy of insurance that covers the risk of a claim for negligent advice being made by an employee they have advised.
It is common practice for an employer to contribute towards an employee’s legal fees. However it is not a legal requirement.
The contribution normally ranges from a minimum of £250 to a maximum of £1,000 plus VAT.
We always try to quote a fixed fee wherever possible and at the initial meeting ( which can be either in person or be telephone) we will review the settlement agreement terms including the cost contribution and if the contribution is inadequate we will always attempt to seek an increase from your employer first.
If you have any queries regarding fees please do not hesitate to contact us on 0113 322 9222.