Your lawyer`s legal role is to explain the terms and effect of the settlement agreement yourself. However, your lawyer will be happy to advise you on the merits of any legal action you have against the employer. This includes considering whether you might have an action for wrongful dismissal or protection against discrimination. This will help you determine if you are being offered a fair settlement package. A settlement agreement could involve your employer promising to pay you money, stop treating you illegally, or both. Many people are satisfied with the offer and the agreement and are happy to sign the contract without further negotiations. They are not required to inform their next employer of the existence of a settlement agreement. In fact, confidentiality provisions may prevent you from disclosing the fact that you have signed a settlement agreement. However, it is possible that the parties will discuss and agree on what both parties will say to their nearest employer and then you will attend a meeting with the lawyer (this can be done over the phone), which usually takes between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the circumstances and any questions you may have.
The purpose of this meeting is for the lawyer to advise you on the terms of the proposed agreement. The lawyer will also advise you on the impact on your rights to pursue work claims before an employment court. The lawyer must sign a certificate to confirm that he has given you the necessary legal advice. It is also very important that any discussion between the parties about the proposed agreement meets certain legal requirements, otherwise, if the agreement is not concluded, these discussions could be used as evidence in all subsequent legal proceedings. Often, an agreed reference is part of the settlement agreement, with a clause stating that when the employer refers to the employee, it does not deviate from the language agreed to in the agreement […].