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Thanks for your patience. For a compromise agreement (now called a settlement agreement) to be valid, you must have taken advice from a qualified professional. This means that the agreement is not going to be legally binding until you have seen a solicitor and they have advised you in relation to what you are signing and how it would impact you. So whilst there is nothing stopping the employer from trying to offer you some sort of settlement without giving you the terms in advance or allowing you to seek legal advice, it will not be a binding settlement agreement and you can still make a claim against them for unfair dismissal or redundancy if needed. So you should remind them that if they wanted this to be a binding settlement agreement, they must give you a draft agreement for you to take to a solicitor and be properly advised before you decide on whether to accept it or not.
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