In the vast majority of cases, an employer will pay for you to take legal advice on the terms of the settlement agreement.
The contribution that the employer is willing to make towards an employee’s legal costs will be set out in the settlement agreement and will usually be a capped amount. In the majority of cases this will be sufficient to cover your costs in advising you, running through the agreement and executing the agreement. £300 plus VAT is usually an adequate sum for the initial consultation and to provide an adviser’s certificate. The initial consultation consists of taking information regarding your employment history, to explain the content of the settlement agreement and to advise.