Who Pays Legal Fees for a Settlement Agreement?


If your employer offers you a Settlement Agreement, they will usually pay a contribution towards your legal costs.

This is because it’s a requirement of a Settlement Agreement that you get independent legal advice. Without independent legal advice, your agreement won’t be legally binding.

The contribution your employer makes is usually in the region of £200 to £500 plus VAT.

If your Lawyer or legal advisor tries to negotiate a better settlement for you, your legal fees could be more than your employer has contributed.

If this is the case, one of our Employment Lawyers or Solicitors can ask your employer for an increased contribution towards legal fees. In some circumstances, we may have to ask clients for a direct contribution towards our fees. This is rare in practice however and we would always discuss this with you beforehand.

For initial legal advice, get in touch with our Employment Solicitors.

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Get Legal Advice Early

One of the first things you should do if you’re offered a Settlement Agreement is pick up the phone and speak to an Employment Law Solicitor.

At Simpson Millar, our Employment Lawyers and Solicitors offer an initial consultation by phone, which should be enough time for us to:

  • Understand your situation and advise you on any potential claims you may have against your employer
  • Offer you legal advice on what steps to take
  • Find out if you’re getting a fair settlement

Your Settlement Agreement will usually contain a clause stating that your employer will pay a contribution towards your legal costs.

We’ll tell you how much our fees will be so you are clear right from the start.

What to Do Next

You may be happy to agree to the terms of your Settlement Agreement and conclude it as soon as possible. If so, our Employment Solicitors can offer prompt and efficient advice. This should allow us to conclude your Settlement Agreement quickly and without any unreasonable delay.

But if you think that your employer’s Settlement Agreement offer does not meet your expectations, one of our Employment Solicitors can work to negotiate an enhanced settlement package.

You may need to instruct us to negotiate on your behalf and this may cost more, but we will try to get these additional costs agreed as part of your settlement package.

Why Choose Simpson Millar?

At Simpson Millar, we have different hourly rates, according to each Lawyer or Solicitor’s level of experience. If you have a settlement offer on the table, you may want to get some initial advice from one of our Employment Solicitors.  

Whichever Employment Lawyer or Solicitor you speak to, they can help you get the best settlement package for you. They’ll give you straightforward legal advice in plain English so you know exactly where you stand.

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