Consultation on a settlement agreement is always provided by a lawyer qualified in labour law. All our lawyers have a wealth of experience in consulting employees quickly and clearly on their transaction agreements. You contact us and we take the first instructions according to the contractual conditions (for example. B the date of termination, the remuneration package, the closing deadlines, the employer`s contribution to your lawyer`s fees, etc.) and the circumstances that cause your employer to offer you the contract. During the hearing of a settlement, it is painful that the amount of the employer`s contribution to the worker`s lawyer`s fees is, as is often the case, the last obstacle to an agreement. This issue was also raised by the ECHR in its October 2019 Guidelines on «The use of confidentiality agreements in cases of discrimination». The EHRC guidelines state that the employer should bear the reasonable costs of advising an employee to a composition agreement «the amount of which varies according to the circumstances, but should be discussed with the worker`s adviser». An employer regularly contributes to a worker`s legal costs when they can consult on a settlement or compromise agreement, and so we can offer a completely free service to most staff customers with our fixed rates from £250 plus VAT. Unlike civil courts, the successful party in a labour lawsuit is not automatically entitled to reimbursement of costs incurred as a result of defending a lawsuit.
However, there are certain circumstances in which a court incurs costs, for example. B where there is evidence that the other party has acted «in a `harassing, abusive, disruptive or inappropriate` manner». The university offered the applicant £50,000 through a settlement agreement. In addition, as stated in the settlement agreement, the university offered to pay a contribution of up to £500, plus VAT, to the lawyers` fees that would be borne by the applicant as a result of the deliberation on the settlement agreement. The university has made it clear that in this regard, its contribution depends on the signing of the settlement agreement. Your transaction agreement usually contains a clause stating that your employer pays a contribution to your legal fees. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the university asked the court to recover from the plaintiff his legal fees, which amounted to £122,000. In support of its arguments for recovering those costs, the University referred the Court to the (attractive) settlement offer it had made to the applicant. . .