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What is a compromise agreement?

It is regrettable that we are now living in a climate where we are seeing an increase in ‘forced’ terminations of employment  contracts.  Many employers, particularly in the public sector, are looking to reduce staffing levels and to facilitate the termination through compromise agreements.
The concept of a compromise agreement was created in 1993.  It is a document that records an employee’s agreement not to pursue an employment related claim, such as unfair dismissal or breach of contract. The agreement is usually in exchange for a sum of money.
In law the agreement will only be valid if certain conditions are met and in all cases if you are being required to sign a compromise agreement your employer should send you, along with the  draft agreement, to an independent solicitor  for advice.
So why is it so important to seek independent advice?
At MJP when we are instructed to provide advice we run through an established check list to make sure that the agreement you are being required…

Lack of Building Regulations – Why is it such a problem when moving home?

Solicitors should always when a property is to be purchased ask if there has been any alteration made to a property, and whether planning permission and/or building regulations approval has been obtained.  At one time if no enforcement action in relation to building regulation was not taken within 12 months the buyer could proceed without fear of assuming the risk of liability.
However, in the case of Cottingham v Attey Bower&Jones[2000] PNLR 557, a firm of Solicitors were held negligent because they had not adequately investigated whether works had building regulation approval.  The building works required £30,000.00 worth of repairs and the buyer’s Solicitor was held responsible for the cost of this, because it was held that even though no enforcement action had been taken in 12 months it was still open to the Council to apply for an injunction at any time.
Since this case Conveyancers have always erred on the side of caution and ask for a copy of building regulations approval for…

Rod Stewart announces in Norwich a long awaited return to song writing

Singing his heart out to an eighteen thousand strong crowd at Carrow Road in Norwich last night, Rod Stewart declared that after a writing drought for what seems decades, he is looking to write and record some of his own material.   Stuck in a groove with the American Song Book collection and some other albums of covers, this news will come as a pleasant surprise to fans like myself who have been waiting a very long time for Rod to come up with some original material.   I am sure we can all recall some of the classic Stewart penned songs such as ‘Maggie May’, ‘Stay with Me’ ( sharing the writing bill with old chum and partner in crime Ronnie Wood now with the Rolling Stones) and ‘You are in my Heart’.
So how was the concert? Superb.  Apart from some sound problems at the beginning which always seem to exist at his open air concerts, the gravel and soulful voice was both strong and elegant.   Singing with as much passion as fans like me have come to expect I am sure after 2 hours of ‘hi…

Do you lease your flat? Why is it important to consider extending your lease?

If your Flat was built in the 60s 70s or 80s the Lease is probably only for 99 or at most 125 years. A Lease with less than 80 years left to run is always more difficult to sell as mortgage companies will not be keen to lend against them particularly in todays lending climate. What was once a good investment could now developing into a financial burden.
We at MJP have the expertise to advise on Lease Extension or Enfranchisement. For further information and a FREE consultation contact Andrew Skuse on 01603 877000 or email

Down's Syndrome compensation payment

Sara Westwood, partner and clinical negligence expert with MJP Solicitors, has recently settled a case in the sum of £3,000.00 for a client who is one of a number of ladies affected by the error in Down’s Syndrome screening at a local hospital.
If you have a similar concern or wish for further information please contact Sara Westwood on  01603 877000 or by e-mail at
MJP Solicitors have a specialist team of clinical negligence injury claim experts who offer free legal advice about taking a claim, if you, a friend or relative have been the victim of medical negligence please get in touch with MJP Solicitors to find out what to do next on 01603 877000