Compromise Agreements, Andy Coulson, and Confidentiality Clauses


Tom Watson (UK Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East) has recently written to Mr. Peter Wardle, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Standards Commission asking him to investigate potential breaches of the Political Parties Elections and Referenda Act 2000 (the Act) in respect of payments received by former News of the World Editor, and former Conservative party director of communications, Andy Coulson.

Mr Watson specifically refers to sections 50 and 51 of the Act, which refer to sponsorship. Mr Watson’s letter has been reproduced in full on his blog (; and his blog also contains a very interesting, anonymised, email from a former News of the World Employee about the way they have been treated following the closure of the News of the World.

The purpose of a Compromise Agreement

Many employers, particularly large employers and professional organisations, request that departing employees enter into a compromise agreement as a matter of course. Indeed drafting compromise agreement for employers, or negotiating the terms of compromise agreements is something that I do almost every day as part of my busy practice at Bargate Murray.

By Philip Henson, partner and head of employment law at award-winning London law firm, Bargate Murray.


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