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I would like to exit my employment under a negotiated agreement – how do I go about this and what should I consider?

Sometimes things at work don’t work out. You can have a ‘without prejudice’ discussion with your employer to see if leaving under an agreed exit is a possibility. They may be prepared to agree to this if this also works for them: for example if it helps them resolve a dispute with you or if it allows a smooth transition to a new employee in your place.

What you should ask for and how to do this will depend on the strength of your bargaining position: it is crucial to take specialist legal advice before starting these negotiations so you have the best chance of getting the best final outcome. We can advise you on your legal position then guide you through any negotiation (or undertake the negotiation on your behalf If you prefer).

Chris Morse, a member of our specialist employment team talks  through some of the key issues and what you should be considering on an agreed exit in the following video:

Once the outline of the exit has been agreed, your employer will draft a Settlement Agreement for you to sign. Please see specific FAQ below about actions to take once you have been given a Settlement Agreement.

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