Settlement Agreements and Protected Conversations - MLP Law

Settlement Agreements and
Protected Conversations

Being offered a Settlement Agreement is very common, but it can still be very stressful and give you a difficult decision to make: sign the agreement and terminate your employment, negotiate the terms or refuse entirely and potentially face a disciplinary or redundancy situation.

We can advise you on your options to ensure you make the right decision. We will protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome, including by maximising the compensation you receive from your employer.

Request a consultation with our expert Employment Law solicitors if you have been offered a Settlement Agreement, or invited to a Protected Conversation, by your employer.

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We understand how stressful in can be to be offered a Settlement Agreement
and our expert Employment Law solicitors will put you at ease through the process.

Our services include:

  • Preparing you for a protected conversation and acting on your behalf in any correspondence and negotiations with your employer;
  • Maximising the value of the severance package being offered by asserting your rights;
  • Advising you on your rights and alternative options, including to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim; and
  • Advising you on the terms and effect of a proposed Settlement Agreement.

Our Approach

All of our highly experienced Employment Law solicitors are Legal 500 recommended leaders in their field, who provide jargon-free, commercial legal advice. We speak to you in plain English and provide specialist, practical and pro-active solutions for you.

We take the time to understand you and the challenges you face, enabling us to provide bespoke advice which is tailored to you.


“Firstly may I thank you for your excellent help and advice given in resolving this situation to an outcome that was far better than I had expected or hoped it would be!! Thank you once again for your excellent help you have given me to resolve this settlement to such a good outcome which is greatly appreciated!!”



  1. What is a Settlement Agreement?

    In a nutshell, a Settlement Agreement is a legal document which waives an employee’s rights against their employer (such as to bring claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination etc), usually in return for an agreed severance package. 

  2. What is the benefit of a Settlement Agreement for me?

    Reaching agreement with your employer on the terms of your departure from your job, and the amount of compensation you receive, removes the risk, delay and expense associated with bringing an Employment Tribunal claim in the future.   

  3. What is a protected conversation?

    A protected conversation is an ‘off the record’ or ‘without prejudice’ conversation which your employer is legally entitled to hold with you as a way to resolve issues between you without the need for a claim. If held appropriately, this conversation cannot later be relied upon or referred to in an unfair dismissal claim even it does not lead to a resolution. You can also initiate such a conversation with your employer and enjoy the same protections.

  4. Do I need my own solicitor before signing a Settlement Agreement?

    As you are giving up legal rights surrounding your employment and its termination, a Settlement Agreement is not binding unless a relevant adviser has explained the terms and the effect to you. A relevant adviser can include a solicitor or a trade union representative and your employer will usually cover the cost of the advice.

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Why choose the mlplaw team?

  • Unparalleled Expertise and Experience

We are vastly experienced, Legal-500 recommended Employment Tribunal experts who live and breathe Employment Law. From executive exits and tackling issues like unfair dismissal and discrimination to diving into the complexity of holiday pay – there is no Employment Law challenge we haven’t met head on. We provide empathetic and robust legal support to employees, helping them to achieve their successful outcomes.

  • Your case, your service

You are unique, as are the challenges you face. That’s why our approach is always tailored to you. We don’t like one-size-fits-all strategies. We’re all about crafting tailored strategies that fit your specific needs. Communication is key. We’re fluent in plain language and have no time for legal jargon. We believe in complete transparency and  proactivity, providing you with a clear path and fixed fees so you’re never caught off guard.

  • We keep your options open

The road to success isn’t a one-way street, and we’re here to keep your options open. We’re masters of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and negotiation, which are the keys to sidestepping the time, money, and stress of legal claims.


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