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Employment Contracts

Employment Contracts Solicitors in London and Essex

It is essential to have a suitable contract of employment in place for your staff members. It may be tempting to use the standard template of another business or one found online, however this could (and often does) cause problems later down the line when the contract needs to be enforced.

An employment contract does not need to be in writing, but, if it is not, an employer must provide to each employee a written statement of the main terms and conditions of employment within two months of the first day of employment. Of course, it is highly advisable to issue a written employment contract in case there is a dispute over the employee’s terms of employment.

There are a number of reasons why you should instruct a solicitor to draft or review your employment contracts:

  • Although a degree of protection will automatically be implied into an employment contract, there are key areas where this is not the case. It is important to ensure that key areas – such as non-competition restrictions, PILON (payment in lieu of notice) and garden leave clauses – are suitably incorporated into the contract.
  • Restrictive covenants must be carefully drafted to ensure they are no wider than is reasonably necessary to protect a legitimate interest of the employer. Getting this wrong will mean that the restrictive covenant cannot be relied on at all. Whether a restrictive covenant is legally justified is fact sensitive and highlights the importance of obtaining the appropriate advice.
  • Advice should be obtained on the interaction between the employment contract and a company’s policies. It may or may not be advisable to treat the company’s policies as contractually binding – in reality, it is likely that some policies ought to be contractually binding and that others should not be.

Our unique selling point is that we understand what clients want from their lawyers. We will manage your case proactively, with careful attention to detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture.

We offer a range of pricing options and will be happy to discuss these with you. As a client-centred law firm, we will be transparent with you about our pricing and actively manage these in line with our agreements.

How we can help with Employment Contracts matters

We will give you expert advice and representation from the start-to-finish of your matter. We can help you to navigate through the legal and practical issues including:

  • Helping you to determine the sometimes difficult question of whether your staff members are employees, self-employed or workers. This is not simply a case of referred to the wording used in the contractual documentation.
  • Advising on the key legal issues which should be covered in your employment contracts or, in the case of an employee, providing a legal opinion on your rights and responsibilities of your employment contract.
  • Drafting in suitable restrictive covenants to ensure they are legally enforceable and, therefore, will protect your business.

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