If you have a legal dispute, it may not necessarily go to court. Sometimes it can be better for all parties to settle the dispute by agreement. There are advantages and disadvantages of settling a claim. It generally means that drawn-out litigation proceedings are avoided, and the associate time, stress and cost.

However, it can mean that you accept slightly less than you could possibly receive in court. It can be difficult to predict what you would receive in court, so it is not always an easy decision to make.

If you are considering entering into a settlement agreement, it is highly advisable that you seek legal advice from a solicitor. Signing a settlement agreement usually means that you are giving up your right to sue the person to recover any further money. You need to ensure that the settlement is fair and lawful.

Under this section we have set out some useful information about settlements, including:

  • What is a settlement?
  • What are the legal implications of a settlement?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of a settlement
  • Commercial settlements

Settlements may be entered into for any type of legal dispute, whether a family dispute, defamation, employment, commercial, civil or negligence claim. For more detailed information on the law applying to your particular dispute, you will find a section on it elsewhere within our Areas of Law.

If you are looking for expert legal advice, please call us on 0800 1777 162 and let our experienced case handlers match you to the right solicitor for your needs.

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