Settlement Agreements (previously known as Compromise Agreements) can be a useful tool for an employer. There are often occasions when an employer wishes to terminate the employment of an employee. Under the provisions, there are now certain situations when an employers can now enter into “confidential” pre-termination discussions without the fear of such discussions being used as evidence in subsequent employment tribunal proceedings. However, an employer can only obtain the confidential protection in circumstances involving “straight forward” unfair dismissal claims. If you are thinking of offering an existing employee a Settlement Agreement in these circumstances please do get in touch and seek advice first. We can advise you both in relation to the appropriateness of offering such Agreement and also draft the Agreements for you.